Here at Duncan Family Farms, we strive to farm sustainably. While sustainability is often thought of in terms of certain farming practices or ‘green activities,’ we believe there is a much larger picture to consider. For our farm to be truly sustainable, we must support our surrounding communities. Our goal is to seek solutions that mutually benefit our farm and our neighbors. As an example: we planted the first line of trees around the perimeter of the farm, primarily as a biological buffer to filter dust, odors and spray drift that could pass from our farm to our neighbors. Over time we came to realize that reducing soil erosion would be an additional benefit these “windbreaks” would create for the farm.
Certainly, our organic program lays the foundation for other sustainable practices, but it is once again just part of a larger picture. In addition to the organic practices in the field, we strive to help sustain a balanced ecosystem on the entire farm, while simultaneously reducing any potential food safety issues.
Our on-farm composting program allows us to create a food-safe, biologically-superior product that is the basis of our soil nutrient program. We strive to cultivate soils with the highest populations of the most biologically diverse organisms. Soils like this produce plants with better flavor, texture and shelf-life that we can then deliver to our happy customers. Stronger plants can also fight off pressures from pests of all kinds like soil and foliar plant diseases or insects.
Here at Duncan Family we pride ourselves on our culture of operational excellence. We are a team of individuals that pushes one another to achieve excellence in our daily operations and we celebrate each other’s accomplishments.