Pomona Farming: Commitment to Food Security
We know that most people understand the value of sustainable farming practices and how they protect our natural resources and create healthier foods due to richer soil, fewer pesticides and thriving agricultural ecosystems – but did you know that these practices also contribute to solutions on a much grander scale? We’re talking about the elimination of food insecurity.
The World Health Organization defines “food security” as “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy, active life.”
Rising to the Occasion
We believe that it is our responsibility to strike a balance between growing food for many people and preserving the environment for future generations while providing safe, clean and nutritious foods. From the beginning, our vision has been to lead the way in sustainable farming to support food security.
How do we grow healthier food, with less waste, while protecting our farmlands and resources? Here are just a few ways we do this:
1. Combating Pests and Weeds – naturally
The Pomona Way of Farming reduces the use of synthetic pesticides and insecticides through the adoption of natural and biophilic pest management tools and strategies. For example, the installation of owl boxes – providing our farmlands with natural rodent population control. We have also implemented technologies such as WEEDit and Weed Mat – both of which minimize the need for herbicides and promote healthy soil for cleaner food.
2. Zero Waste
We believe that strategic interventions at every stage of the agricultural journey, from the field to the market to your pantry, helps to minimize environmental degradation. This is why we have robust and aggressive goals to attain Zero Waste operations by putting everything we grow to optimal use.
For example, we compost and recycle byproduct materials such as nutshells – which are rich in nutrients and are used to amend our soils effectively and sustainably. Similarly, we upcycle all livestock waste as usable, fertile compost which improves both soil health and the quality of our grass-fed beef.
We are committed to the philosophy that in protecting natural resources now, we’ll be able to ensure practicing a more natural way of farming in the future. We do this by continually innovating with efficient irrigation to conserve water reservoirs. And as pollinators are so critical to our food supply, we follow bee-friendly practices to maintain healthy populations and prevent colony collapse.
Learn more about how we’re leading the way in sustainable agriculture and thus ensuring food security for people now and for generations to come.