Sustainability at our farm means we drastically limit the use of any pesticides/chemicals. In fact, we spray less than Organic Farmers. Yes, Organic Farmers spray Organic Pesticides, which are just as harmful to our planet and ourselves as their conventional counterparts. However, we strive to farm the safest produce in the Fraser Valley, through the application of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) a scientifically proven form of growth that produces high yields with minimal use of pesticides. In addition, we only spray when necessary, as this method is the most effective and the safest form of control.
This method is also environmentally friendly, as our berries are mindfully produced in consideration of negative impacts on the environment and those around us- compared to any other form of agriculture, including Organic. The use of IPM, also ensures enough production of fruit to feed a society, despite the growing population. In addition to these positive aspects, IPM contributes to effective and ethically priced produce, as we do not charge the outrageous prices that Organic Farmers would, due to their lack of yields per acre, forcing them to compensate in regards to the price they charge per lb.
Some might suggest eliminating pesticides altogether. However, in the unfortunate event of a crop loss, we would lose these vital tools to protect our crops from sheer destruction. Berries are quite delicate, prone to rotting in rain or feasted on by fruit flies. So as humble stewards of our land, we believe the application of specific pesticides is an ethical method of prevention. That is true sustainability.