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GROWING OUR SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
We work with growers who incorporate sustainable practices into their business models. Our goal is to provide fresh produce at the quality and price that our customers expect. While we may not always be directly involved in our growers’ specific agricultural efforts, we are glad to share some of their practices.
Growing our Sustainability Efforts
Publix partners with many growers who support sustainable agriculture. Our goal is to provide fresh produce at a quality and price that meets your expectations. While our involvement is not always direct, we commend our growers’ specific sustainability efforts and would like to share some of their stories.
B&W Quality Growers - Land Preservation
B&W Quality Growers, a seasonal watercress farm, believes in preserving the viability of the land. Their soil lies fallow for at least six months out of the year and has been recharging naturally for over a century.
Pero - Water Conservation
Pero Family Farms, a grower of bell peppers, takes pride in their sustainability efforts. They use a drip irrigation system that allows them to increase efficiency and reduce water use by up to 80 percent!
Lakeside - Water Conservation & Recycling
Lakeside Produce is proud to grow beefsteak tomatoes in a sustainable environment. On average, they recycle over 500,000 pounds of cardboard and 60 million liters of water per year!
Rock Garden - Repurposing Land & Community Outreach
Rock Garden South is proud to produce fresh herbs on reclaimed land. Their Miami urban farm grows organics on an abandoned railroad spur and educates the public about sustainable agriculture through community outreach.
Clear Springs Farms - Resource Preservation & Recycling
Clear Springs takes pride in their sustainability. They use windmills and reservoirs on their blueberry farm to reduce water use and filter water naturally. Overhead irrigation is left for extreme freeze events only.
Driscoll’s - Water Conservation & Industry Outreach
Driscoll’s is proud to produce berries on sustainable farms. They use irrigation systems and technology that reduce water use, and also educate others in an effort to transform the future of water conservation.
Growers Express - Energy & Water Conservation
Growers Express is proud to support sustainable agriculture while producing leeks and green onions. Their growers use techniques such as energy saving and water conservation to maximize system efficiency.
Vegpro - Land & Water Preservation
VegPro proudly cultivates the crops used in salads while supporting sustainability efforts. Their nutrients are carefully managed to protect water quality, and they test soil annually to minimize pollutants.
BBI Produce, Inc. - Recycling, Land & Water Conservation
BBI Produce grows Florida strawberries in a sustainable environment. Their farms have made efforts to recycle plastic containers, reduce water, and plant cover crops that return nutrients to the soil.
Alderman - Wildlife Conservation
As a producer of honey, Alderman does their best to ensure no honeybees are harmed. Their commercial beehives are inspected for disease and parasites monthly and are not used for open field pollination.
Family Tree Farms
Family Tree Farms uses irrigation systems to monitor tree watering for more precise delivery with less waste.
Scully Quality Pears
Scully Quality Pears saves water by using moisture content sensors in their soil to avoid unnecessary irrigations.
Grimmway Farms has spent 9 years investing in cleaner engines and solar arrays to reduce air emissions by 440 tons and energy consumption by 7 million kWh a year.
HMC Farms uses solar panels to power their cold storage and water pumps to offset usage of almost 1,200 homes—totaling 2.6 megawatts of production.
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California, a Publix broccoli supplier, relocated facilities for shorter routes, which reduced CO2 emissions by 593 metric tons (equivalent to removing 123 cars from the road).
Village Farms, a Publix tomato supplier, recycles CO2 emissions back into their greenhouse where fresh tomatoes naturally convert it into oxygen.
Chiquita, a Publix banana supplier, reuses over 2,000 tons of plastic bags and twine to make buckets, pipes, and paving stones with the recycled material. There are plenty of uses and reuses for plastic bags.
Pumpkins make great fertilizers. Place a plant or flower into your old jack-o’-lantern and add potting soil, then plant your pumpkin. It will naturally fertilize as it breaks down.