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Your Values

We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables – the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers – to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.

Jane Elliot

Values are important to us and we know they're important to you.

We know you have questions about where your food comes from, how it is produced, how people are treated, how the environment is impacted, and how local communities are benefited.

Here are our answers to these questions:

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    A team member visits with a nurse at one of our medical facilities.
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    A company doctor checks on a young patient.
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    We encourage families in our company provided housing.
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    Taking pride in the summer harvest on the cool California coast.
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    A view inside one of our pre-school class rooms.
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    Sorting tomatoes takes a gentle touch and a keen eye.
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    Packing it right the first time requires skill and experience.
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    Harvesting vine ripened tomatoes.
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    Enjoying a book in one of our day care facilities.
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    Future scientist works on renewable energy wind mill.
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    The beauty of summer berries.
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    Team member housing, made out of straw bales.
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    A happy team is a productive team.

Some people prefer to purchase locally grown produce. They want a connection with the farm. And at the peak of season, locally grown produce can taste out of this world. We encourage you to support your local farmers!

But peak season can be short and it’s not always possible to buy locally grown produce. Your family deserves great tasting, healthy produce throughout the year. We have traveled throughout North America to find the very best growing regions so that we can be at the peak of season every day. We call that locale.

It’s similar to wine connoisseurs who prefer wines from particular regions where climate and other factors can make a big difference in taste and quality. For example, we grow berries in Watsonville, California which is considered the Napa Valley of strawberries.

Regardless of where it’s grown, you deserve to know where your food comes from and who grew it. All of our boxes and clamshell containers clearly show the country of origin. You can see pictures of our farms here.

If you have a question about our farming operations, click here and your question will be answered personally by a member of our farming team.

We start by selecting the very best varieties using a rigorous selection process that takes into account many factors including flavor, size, color, and shape. We then locate the best farms in the best growing regions where we grow using Good Agricultural Practices. We carefully harvest when the produce is ripe and ready, not before. And we pack using Good Manufacturing Practices with an emphasis on exceeding customer expectations and “doing it right the first time.” This do–it–right approach reduces handling and waste, which makes our produce fresher and more affordable.

We grow both organic and conventional produce. Is one a healthier choice than the other? We think they are both healthy options, and it’s important that you have healthy and affordable choices. Conventional farming, done responsibly, has allowed farmers to feed the world. Organic farming has allowed farmers to relearn some basic principles which can make conventional farming more productive and sustainable. We are proud to do both.

We work hard to be good stewards. We believe that our future is directly linked to the decisions we make today. We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment by using sustainable farming practices and removing inefficiencies in the supply chain.

On our farms we:

  • Use low input sustainable farming.

  • Reduce water usage by utilizing drip irrigation and hydroponic farming systems.

  • Reduce fertilizer needs by grafting disease resistant rootstock to our high flavor tomato varieties.

  • Minimize pesticide use through integrated pest management.

  • Decrease our environmental footprint and increase yields using protected agriculture.

In our packing facilities we:

  • Use plastic containers that are reusable.

  • Use paper packaging that is 100% recyclable.

  • Create a safe and comfortable work environment.

We treat people like we want to be treated. We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, dignity, and fairness.

We go to great lengths to provide our team members with the opportunity and environment to excel. Through their exceptional efforts, we are able to satisfy you, our valued customer.

Team members participate in profit sharing programs – they have a stake in our success. We provide team members and their families with medical, housing, and educational benefits. And we provide a safe working environment.

Most of all, we try to make work fun!

We are involved in the communities where we farm. We support local schools, fire departments, health agencies, and other such groups. Our team members will pitch in when a road needs grading or a bridge needs rebuilding.

We work with local universities to provide intern programs and other learning opportunities.

We create good jobs within the local community. We use local talent whenever possible. And we promote from within which creates opportunities for upward mobility.

We support local businesses by purchasing local goods and services.

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News Articles

U.S. Labor Secretary Perez Visits California Farm Certified by the Equitable Food Initiative - Yahoo Finance
Costco Works with Andrew & Williamson to Boost Organic Supply - The Packer
Tomato Suppliers Expecting Normal August Intervention - The Produce News

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