A Greener Way of Growing

Growing Green

We 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 Green

All 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 Farm

Our 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.

5 Tips for a Greener Garden

  1. GO NATIVE!

    Native plants are adapted to the climate and soil you plant them in, meaning less watering and less work.

  2. COMPOST

    Grass clippings, vegetable peelings, and faded flowers can be recycled by making a simple compost pile that turns these "waste" materials into rich organic material. Compost can be added to garden beds, planting holes and lawns to improve the health of the soil. Fertile soil grows healthy plants reducing the need for fertilizers.

  3. CHEMICAL FREE GARDENING

    Choose flowers and vegetables with improved disease and insect resistant. Practice companion planting—growing certain herbs and flowers near other plants to help control unwanted insects naturally.

    When pesticides and/or herbicides are necessary, try to opt for biodegradable and organic products. No matter what type of chemical, natural or synthetic, always read the instructions and follow them carefully!

  4. GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE

    Attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to the yard by selecting plants that provide food and shelter throughout the seasons. Garden plants also provide seeds, fruits and berries for birds and animals to feed on during the fall and winter months.

  5. WATER CONSERVATION

    Rain barrels are and effective and easy way to collect gallons of rain from downspouts. In times of watering restrictions, having an irrigation source on constant standby is a welcome resource!