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Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship

Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Peterson Farms is committed to minimizing the impact of its activities on the environment through resource management,
supporting regulatory compliance, and other policy mechanisms concerning environmental issues. Peterson Farms has always understood the value of sustainable practices, both as cherry growers and as fruit processors. In August, 2010, we began the journey of designing social accountability & sustainability initiatives to help track existing activity and create new and innovative programs.

Our vision is to become an industry leader, not only in safe food and quality processing, but in sustainable business practices, environmental stewardship, and social accountability which includes our growers, contractors, and vendors we partner with.

WATER REDUCTION INITIATIVE: REDUCE WATER USAGE INTENSITY BY 20% BY 2020

Peterson Farms, Inc has been working diligently since 2017 to reduce the water usage on campus. Peterson Farms, Inc has achieved a 26.5% reduction in water usage from 2018 to 2020 and is striving to reduce water intensity usage even more. With the fluctuation in production needs and the expansion of Peterson Farms, Inc., our water usage is liable to change to accommodate future needs. With the addition of new lines and plants Peterson Farms, Inc. takes into the consideration water usage while engineering new lines and facilities.

RECYCLE/REUSE: REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT AND WASTE TO LANDFILL BY RECYCLE AND REUSING WHENEVER POSSIBLE

Peterson Farms has an aggressive program to recycle and reuse whenever possible. Turning broken boxes into wood chips and mulch; re-using food waste byproducts for organic ground application; recycling plastic, paper, wood, metal, and other recyclable products; using wastewater for irrigation; and other energy reduction plans in the works. Our current carbon “footprint: is 0.47 lbsCO2e/lbs fruit produced, with a constant goal and plan to continue reducing that number further.