As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, it is important to recognize the vital role that farmers play in preserving our planet. At Culinary Farms, we believe that sustainable agriculture is the key to a healthy and thriving food system. That is why we have implemented sustainable packaging, storage, and waste programs that minimize waste and maximize resource use.
One of the ways we have reduced waste is through our use of intermediate washable tomato storage containers with liners. These containers are reusable, which means that we are minimizing the need for disposable materials like cardboard or other packaging materials. Additionally, we offer bulk packing of tomatoes to our customers, which further reduces cardboard waste. To further reduce our waste, we have implemented a robust recycling program that includes the recycling of materials like cardboard and plastics. This minimizes the amount of waste sent to landfills and supports the circular economy by reducing the need for new materials.
Water conservation is also a key priority, and we take steps to ensure every effort is made to reduce our usage. When processing fresh tomatoes, we use a bio-regenerative system on the wastewater to cut the use of sewage and high-pressure washing methods are employed to increase washing effectiveness and minimize water usage. By conserving water, we not only reduce our environmental impact but also help to ensure a sustainable supply of water for future generations.
We also believe in finding innovative ways to repurpose waste. By collaborating with local farmers and ranchers, we divert tons of fresh tomato waste each month from the landfill and use it as animal feed. This not only reduces waste but also supports sustainable agriculture practices. Dry tomato waste is used to generate plant compost, which is then used to support local agriculture.
As we celebrate Earth Day, we encourage everyone to join us in finding ways to reduce waste and promote sustainable practices.