Our environmentally friendly farming practices help to ensure our future in the farming business. Santa Sweets prides itself in being sustainable and a good steward of the land we farm.
On the farm, we use our years of organic production experience to implement new techniques into our conventional farming practices. This allows us to rely on a soft chemistry spray program using beneficial insects to attack pests and beneficial microbials to fight plant diseases while reducing fertilizer use, all of which reduces the amounts required which in turn helps the environment.
With high tech irrigation systems, we can significantly reduce the amount of water used to grow the crops.
We have countless wildlife corridors on our farms which give animals a safe place to call home. Some of our open land areas are full of wildflowers that attract natural pollinators, such as honey bees, that help pollinate the flowers allowing for fruit production. To be good stewards of the land, we incorporate prescribed burning in some areas to provide better habitat for the wildlife.
Our packing house reduces energy consumption by using LED light fixtures, auto sliding doors for our coolers, and newly innovated machinery that cuts back on energy requirements. We use blowers to separate the plant material from the fruit running down the line which greatly reduces water usage.
Santa Sweets installed an entire field of solar panels at our NJ packing facility which is capable of running the entire facility. Our high tunnels allow us to cut water and pesticide usage helping us to be more sustainable.