Growing GreenWe are committed to growing healthy plants using healthy practices. We avoid harsh chemical pesticides and herbicides by using natural and biodegradable alternatives such as pyrethrum, zerotol, and hot pepper wax. Our soil and plants are kept healthy using natural amendments like compost from our own heap here on the farm and fish emulsion fertilizer.
All of our plants are grown in either recycled or recyclable plastic grower pots.
Packing & Shipping GreenAll of our cardboard boxes are made with post consumer product and are recyclable.
We strive to only use biodegradable packing materials such as cornstarch peanuts and newspaper.
All of our shipping is done via FedEx, which is the seventh largest retail user of renewable, green power in the United States. Through a partnership with the EPA’s SmartWay Transportation Initiative, FedEx is working to reduce greenhouse gases and fuel consumption by making use of more efficient and alternative fuels.
A Greener FarmOur greenhouses and offices are located on our family-owned farm which has been under continuous cultivation since the founding of Jamestown. As part of our commitment to a healthy environment, we have devoted 50 acres of former crop land as natural areas planted with a mix of prairie grasses, wildflowers and herbs. As well as reducing our “carbon footprint”, these filter strips provide a natural habitat for wildlife.
Our farm is surrounded by the James River on three sides. We feel it our duty as members of the James River Association and the Nature Conservancy of VA to protect the river from our agricultural activities. Prairie grass strips filter off any run-off from the fields before it can reach the river, putting us in 100% voluntary compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Compliance Act.
All of us at The Growers Exchange are committed to local and sustainable agriculture. As a part of this commitment we grow and sell fresh berries and fruit locally at Farmer’s Markets and Natural Food Stores. We also raise grass fed beef and free range poultry.
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