Our Goal: To reduce our carbon footprint throughout our operations.
We are reducing our carbon footprint by investing in the right technology, adjusting our practices to maximize efficiencies and converting our equipment to run on renewable energy.
Reducing our Carbon Footprint
We are implementing new technologies and develop new processes every day as we continue to make strides toward reaching our progressive goals.
Harvesting almonds usually requires six separate passes up and down each row, but with Tenias, the same process is completed in just one. This dramatically reduces the dust put into the air. In addition, nuts harvested using this equipment never touch the ground which leads to a higher-level of food safety.
We have deployed our Tenias machines on nearly 10% of our producing almond orchards in the last year, and we are working steadily toward our goal of 25% utilization by 2025.
We developed a 1 megawatt solar energy system at our 7,500 acre (3,000 ha) Oakdale property that offsets 90% of the electricity needed for well pumping and irrigation – and we are also currently expanding our solar footprint on Maui and on other California hubs.
Additionally, we are in the process of upgrading our entire fleet, working with the California Air Board. By 2025, 20% of our vehicles will be electric or hybrid in California.
Smart Equipment Management
We own our own equipment, which allows us to modify it for multi-purpose use and manage its inventory strategically. We increase efficiency, mitigate emissions and reduce fuel spend by eliminating empty and individual return trips. We achieve the same by essentially creating vehicles that can do the work of two or more pieces of ‘normal’ equipment, reducing the number of orchard passes required to farm the crops.