How do we  grow sustainably?

Irrigation:Where possible, we use gravity flow from the mountain springs above to water our fields, reducing the use of fossil fuels and electricity for pumps and giving us the purest irrigation available.

Fertilizing: To minimize  our commercial fertilizer use, we  inject fish emulsion fertilizer from our ponds through our irrigation system. We also plant cover crops to rejuvenate our field’s nutrients for the next year, and conduct regular soil tests so we know exactly what our fields need.

Pesticides:All of our pesticides are  non-systemic . We use only zero day spray — pick (meaning spray and eat the same day) products and organic products.  Examples of these are products derived from flowers, such as pyrethrum, which deters pests with natural chrysanthemum extracts, but does not harm them or the environment.



Growing Sustainably 

So you want to live an organic, sustainable lifestyle. But what exactly does this mean? Does it mean only eating certified organic foods? Does it mean only driving a hybrid car? Or perhaps it is as simple as  going to the gym each day and buying only dolphin safe tuna…
The truth is, there is no blue print for living sustainably, and while these practices work wonderfully for some, for others, they may be impractical or unavailable. There is, however, one thing all sustainable lifestyles have in common. Care for the natural world. It can be as small as making the choice not to throw that soda can out the car window, or as big as teaching our children to grow a tomato plant. Any one can do it—all it takes is to listen to that little thought in the back of your head that asks, “is this right?”
Here at High Valley Farm, that’s  what we mean when we use the term Sustainably Grown. Doing what’s right for the world around us. Not what’s popular, or what’s easy, but what’s necessary to take care of the needs of both the environment and the people living in it.
Knowing how and when to use natural versus conventional practices in sustainable farming can be both  tricky and time consuming. But  in the end, it’s as simple as being knowledgeable. We know everything that is in the products we use to keep our fields in harmonious production. We understand how these products work, whether they be natural or conventional. We understand when to use which and why. And we’re more than happy to explain it to anyone who asks!