Four Generations of Caring for the Land
The Tanimuras and Antles have been tending the land and growing premium fresh produce for four generations. Our co-founder, George Tanimura (1915-2016), often reflected on organic farming in the bigger picture of agriculture here in the Salinas Valley.
“The old time farmers were today’s organic farmers,” said George. “Back then, there were no fertilizers or pesticides. We’d mix a little bit of chicken manure and bat guano into the soil before we planted, and we’d use nicotine to kill aphids. But that was the only thing we had. We more or less weeded by hand, but we didn’t have much of a problem.”
What does it mean to be organic?
Tanimura & Antle Organic produce is grown in accordance with the rigorous USDA Organic Standards, which are developed to:
- Promote ecological balance
- Conserve biodiversity
- Protect soil and water quality
- Conserve wetlands, woodlands and wildlife.
Organic farmers use natural processes and materials which contribute to soil and crop nutrition, pest and weed management, attainment of production goals, and conservation of biological diversity. The USDA Organic Standards also prohibit use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering (GMOs). We are certified to be in compliance with the USDA Organic Standards by CCOF. Founded in 1973 and an original in the organic movement, CCOF has been a critical player in the development of certification processes and organic standards. You can learn more about CCOF here.
Organic farming depends on the maintenance of a balanced ecosystem and organic farming methods are designed to do just that. To learn more about how organic farmers manage the challenges all farmers face, click here.
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A broad commitment to sustainability and social responsibility
Organic is consistent with Tanimura & Antle’s broader, long-term commitment to sustainability, including:
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in both organic and non-organic crops
- Minimum tillage to avoid soil erosion
- Cover cropping and crop rotation
- Drip irrigation resulting in 19% decrease in water usage
- Protection of adjacent ecosystems
To learn more about the company’s sustainability practices, click here.