Our Goal: To protect wildlife and their habitats through low impact harvesting methods and science.
At Pomona Farming, we take the extra steps necessary to both protect and promote the habitats that we share with the wildlife in and around our farmlands.
Protecting Wildlife Habitats
We know that in the process of converting natural lands to agricultural fields, many operations put undue pressure on native wildlife populations.
Led by Science
We work with biologists to safeguard habitats at the outset. We partner with environmental specialists to conduct soil tests and identify sensitive areas like wetlands, vernal pools that host fairy shrimp and other various nesting sites. We then plan and map all crop-plantings and orchards focusing on the areas we need to protect.
When laying out our planting strategies, we include native grasses and plant species to provide food and shelter. For example, we never mow, thin or weed the native milkweed growing along the waterways of our California properties, as this is the sole food source of monarch butterfly caterpillars.
But we know there is more to be done… when we learned that monarch butterflies are actually threatened due to dwindling access to milkweed in California’s Central Valley, we began to plant it. We are now planting milkweed along the open water areas of our Oakdale, Dixon and Delta farming hubs to support the monarch caterpillars. We have also planted over 600 acres of specifically butterfly-friendly plants…16 different varieties with staged bloom cycles to feed butterflies year round.