Sustainable Farming Practices At Babé Farms we feel strongly about being good stewards of the land. We are 100% committed to implementing practices that preserve our natural resources, as well as producing safe, fresh produce for our end-users. Now with over 300 acres in organic certiﬁcation, many sustainable practices are now implemented in not only our organic crop but also with our conventional vegetables.
Drip Irrigation Drip irrigation is a more efﬁcient means of irrigation that allows for better placement of water and fertigation. All irrigation water on Babé Farms ranches are tested monthly by a third party lab to ensure a safe water quality.
Cover Cropping Cover cropping is a standard practice, planting a variety of blends, the crop is plowed under to help build organic matter, provide nutrients and help curb weed pressure. Our preferred cover crop is triticale for its ability to foster healthy soil.
Recycled Water Water that collects in sumps (basins) on Babé Farms ranches is pumped and used to water the roadways. Since the collected water cannot be used for irrigation, this is a handy way to recycle it without it going to waste.
Reservoirs Open reservoirs located on Babé Farms ranches provide a source of water. They are monitored and treated with chlorine as needed.
Fertilizers Commercial fertilizers are no longer used in the organic program, continuing to use compost and other natural compounds has increased the quality of our soils for future plantings. Crop rotation with a variety of other vegetables also has been beneﬁcial; it helps suppress disease in the ﬁeld.
Non-production Areas Non-production areas are kept in a vegetative state as opposed to disced down. This promotes a benﬁcial habitat.
Farm Worker Well-being Maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for our employees is our number one priority. Each employee is given intensive safety and hygiene training upon hiring. Monthly safety meetings are held to reinforce this training. All ﬁeld crews are provided clean toilets and fresh drinking water; on hot days, to combat heat stress, employees are provided with canopies and ice.
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