Issue: 86
April 2017
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allthingsAll Things Sustainable To Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd
April 22nd has been officially designated as Earth Day, and it's celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. It all began 48 years ago in 1969 when peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the earth and the concept of peace. McConnell subsequently created a proclamation for the day which was sanctioned by The United Nations. United States Senator Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes, the original national coordinator, were also significant contributors to the celebration's international legacy. Communities around the world observe Earth Week-an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.
Limoneira celebrates sustainability this month, but Company employees ensure that this important concept remains top-of-mind as we operate our business throughout the year. Stewardship and sustainability are woven into Limoneira's Mission Statement. Initially Limoneira pioneers worked to reduce expensive agricultural inputs, which produced the beneficial by-product of enabling us to tread more lightly on the land. Over time, as sustainability became more inculcated into modern development, Limoneira has continued to grow in a sustainable fashion.
Each year, an increasing number of Limoneiras Grocery and Food Service Customers require that their suppliers demonstrate that they are operating in a sustainable manner. The Company has developed a Sustainability Matrix that organizes these practices into three categories: Resources, Nature and People. As we incorporate new practices into our business we add them to the Matrix.
For example, Limoneira has a new project is a partnership with Tesla to study the efficacy of these battery systems paired to manufacturing facilities.  The goal is to reduce demand from the utilities during the day, which is the high cost period, and offset that use with less expensive night time energy that is stored in the battery. 

A brief look at our matrix follows:


Water- Rigorous inspection of water supply to prevent waste/run-off and promote quality.

Limoneira water ponds are the first of their kind, ecological wastewater treatment for agriculture. Utilizing gravity, the untreated water flows through a series of ponds which contain plant material to filter out impurities. The project reduces the need for ground water pumping and has a much smaller carbon footprint.

This is the first system of its kind in the Country and provides a model for rural municipalities elsewhere.
Micro-emitters and drip tape uses for irrigation.
Soil- Organic Mulch project diverts green waste from landfills and saves water, fertilizer and herbicides.


Site selection, Species, Variety - Preventative strategies are used to reduce inputs and establish a sustainable production system.  Pest-resistant crops are selected whenever possible which are tolerant of existing soil/site conditions.

Efficient Use of Inputs - Limoneira managers schedule production hours at non-peak energy times, plant more trees per acre, and utilize old trees, pruned limbs and dry leaves for mulching to reduce herbicide and water usage.

Integrated Pest Management- Limoneira maintains a complete Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system to bring their sustainably-grown products to market and reduce the use of pesticides.

Work Force Housing- Limoneira provides vital benefits such as work force housing and funds for educational and community programs, and is one of the largest providers of farm worker housing in California.

Harvest - Crews are trained in proper harvesting procedures to limit fruit damage with shaded break areas provided.  Limoneira has a history of making production easier and safer for employees, as safety is a top company priority.

Employees - As a seven time "Family Friendly Award" recipient from Ventura County, Limoneira offers competitive pay with the highest medical/health benefits in the industry, along with competitive 401(k) plans.  Many employees have been at Limoneira for 30+ years.

Community Development- Limoneira believes sustainability includes supporting the organizations that make our communities healthy. The Company partners with scores of entities whose missions include educational enrichment, child development, job-creation, economic development, public safety and tourism.
Educational Tours Connect Kids to Agriculture-The Limoneira team believes that education is vital to the future success of agriculture. The company is a supporter of local FFA programs and offers agriculture educational tours to students on its lemon and avocado ranch in Santa Paula, Calif. The tours are an ongoing effort to provide unique, locally relevant Ag education to Ventura County students and helps connect them to outdoor farming in their own backyard.

Santa Barbara Based Community Environmental Council Visits Limoneira's Tesla Battery Project

On Thursday March 30th, 24 Santa Barbara and Ventura County leaders and members of The CEC (Community Environmental Council) visited Limoneira to discuss the benefits that will be derived from Limoneira's new Tesla Battery project.
Mark Palamountain, Senior Director of Agricultural Operations led a tour of the project which will store energy from Limoneira's southern solar array (6400 photovoltaic panels on 5.5 acres that produce 1 MW of energy) to reduce demand from the utilities during the day, which is the high cost period, and offset that use with less expensive night time energy that is stored in the battery.  The project will study the efficacy of these battery systems paired to manufacturing facilities.
The group also toured Limoneira's natural waste water treatment system. This low carbon footprint installation is a series of gravity fed ponds that circulate and cleans water from agricultural and farmworker housing with natural vegetation, local plants and fine gravels.  Ultraviolet Rays (UV) removes any bacteria in the water to achieve Title 22 drinking water standards.  Water is currently used for landscape irrigation and as recycled water becomes more of the norm in daily use and approved for food safety, we will irrigate our orchards with it.
About the CEC
Since 1970, The CEC has led the Santa Barbara region - and at times California and the nation - in creative solutions to some of the toughest environmental problems. They are often referred to as a "think-and-do tank" - deeply analyzing a problem and then applying creative, real-world solutions to it. The CEC's historic process for creating social change is to identify a critical community need,  raise awareness about that need (often by setting a challenge goal for the community), push state and local government to change laws and regulations that affect the issue, take direct action themselves toward that need, and spur the community to adopt new behaviors.
Ultimately, when they are successful, resolving a problem that once seemed intractable becomes part of the community's ethic and day-to-day lives.
A good example of how The CEC has put this leadership model to work in the past is recycling: they saw that Santa Barbara's coastal landfill would be at capacity within a few decades; they challenged the community to rethink the need for landfills by recycling and composting its waste; they built and operated two recycling centers that for nearly 15 years served as the only collection points for community members who wanted to recycle; they worked with the State to pass a mandatory recycling law and with the County to institute curbside pickup; and they educated and inspired residents to use those services.
Ultimately, recycling became so much a part of the community fabric that it was hard to imagine that there was ever a time when people didn't recycle. At that point, they sold their recycling centers to MarBorg and moved on to their current focus: moving the Santa Barbara region away from fossil fuels in one generation.


Celebrate Earth Day with Limoneira Citrus- 5 Easy Ways to be More Eco-friendly in 2017

In a press release that was distributed to industry trade press and national bloggers Limoneira announced that with the arrival of April and Earth Day, Limoneira, sustainable practices are at the very top of our priorities list. This month Limoneira One world of Citrus™ spokesperson and Healthy Grocery Girl founder Megan Roosevelt has created a list of her favorite ways to quickly and accessibly cut back on wasteful habits in the home and in the kitchen.
For a demonstration, you can view Megan detail her Earth Day tips here on the Limoneira YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe - videos with more wonderful tips and recipes not detailed in this release will be added to the channel each Friday throughout the month.
Beginning this past January and continuing throughout 2017, Megan will be producing weekly videos that demonstrate fun, easy and healthy tips to make the most out of your year.
Limoneira has also linked with additional global cleaning experts that share their knowledge with the customers of our grocery and food service partners around the world. Their biographies can be found on Limoneira's website.
Megan's 2017 Earth Day tips:


  • Don't discard the stems of your produce. The ends of your veggies can be chopped up and added into soups, stews and sauces.
  • Make sure you're using all of your citrus fruits. Zesting the peel is a great way to add flavor to every meal.
  • Use reusable shopping bags when you buy groceries. Keeping a stockpile in your car is a surefire way to make sure you don't forget them at home! (We've all been there.)
  • Use more glassware. Unlike disposable plastic containers, glassware can be used over and over again for all kinds of things.
  • Cut down on paper and plastic waste. Switching to reusable cloth towels, facial rounds and snack bags is an easy and great way to cut back on how much paper and plastic you go through - for more information on some brands we love, check out the description box below this month's video.
But this isn't all on you! Here are a few ways Limoneira has committed to doing their part to be eco-friendly:


  • Limoneira has 6 solar arrays that produce 4 megawatts of electricity.
  • Limoneira's green waste facility processes an average of 1,000 tons of waste per week.
  • The Limoneira gravity powered water treatment system is a 24,000 sq. ft. project that processes 180,000 gallons of water every single day. The result? California Title 22-grade water is created from what was once considered unusable waste water.
  • Limoneira Citrus Misfits™ are perfectly good "ugly" fruit that have minor scarring or defects from orchard winds that would otherwise be discarded, but instead are offered to retailers at consumer-friendly prices.
  • Each month, Megan will be featuring another wonderful facet of citrus living. Subscribe to Limoneira's YouTube channel for more information on the many ways this endlessly versatile fruit can improve life inside the home and beyond. For more information on Limoneira's sustainability practices, please visit


Limoneira Participates in the Ventura County Agricultural Summit   

On March 31st Limoneira participated in The Ventura County Agricultural Summit 2017:  The STEM of Farming's Future: Sustaining Ventura County Agriculture through Science,Technology,
Engineering and Math.

This summit produced by the office of the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner provided an opportunity for high school seniors and college students in agriculture and STEM-related studies, faculty, AGTech and startup businesses and the community at large to interface with businesses to learn STEM-related practices. 

Exhibits featured STEM-related innovative practices helping to sustain Ventura County Agriculture today as well as anticipated technologies that are expected to come on line in the future.  The Summit also provided an opportunity to engage in career and education choice of study conversations and to conduct career outreach for potential interns and/or employees.  

bristolMeet the Trio at Bristol Farms                                 
Similar to wine pairings, each lemon variety has a predominant flavor profile that pairs with certain foods and beverages.  In April, we've paired each of our lemons with great food in delicious recipes for Shoppers at Bristol Farms Stores.
Customers were encouraged to try the recipes and get creative with their own dishes and mix and match these lemons in their own recipes and discover their favorites!

So, what's the difference?.......

Meet the Trio

Meyer Lemon
Our Meyer lemons have a yellow and orange exterior with a thin skin. They are sweeter in taste with a mandarin flavor. They also have a floral peel aroma and are packed with juice.

Pink Lemon
Our pink lemons have green stripes to a rose blush exterior and are tangy in taste. They are lemony fresh with a pink interior.

Classic Lemon
Our classic lemons are yellow with a slight green exterior and are tart in taste. They have a fresh and crisp aroma and are packed with juice.

About Bristol Farms

Bristol Farms has collected a long string of accolades since their first store opened in 1982 in Rolling Hills, CA. Local media has given their Carson-based gourmet and specialty food retailer their "best" attribution, naming Bristol Farms the "best small market", with the "best deli", "best sushi", "best meat", and "best cooking school." Zagat's Marketplace Survey also rated Bristol Farms as the number one market in overall quality and service; their stores were described as "a shopper's beautiful dream with wide aisles, helpful staff, and beautiful presentations."

Limoneira' New One World of Citrus Video

From Tesla Battery Storage in California, sustainably grown citrus in Chile and lemon drop martinis in Hong Kong, Limoneira is making a positive impact around the world. In Limoneira's new   One World of Citrus Video we share the latest from the four corners of the globe. We invite you to enjoy the itinerary: California, New York, Chile, South Africa, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Buenos Aires,  Shanghai and Tokyo.

Totally Local VC Celebrates Farmers and Ranchers during Ag Week 

This past March, Totally Local VC hosted the first annual Ventura County Ag Week to celebrate all that our local Farmers and Ranchers do.

The event was held in conjunction with National Ag Day on Tuesday, March 21st and California Ag Day on Wednesday, March 22nd.

Totally Local VC brought together a diverse group of agricultural-related organizations to guide this year's Ventura County Ag Week and demonstrated the important economic role that agriculture plays in our community, the wide range of agriculture-based jobs available and the vital role each step plays from field to fork. On Wed March 22nd, Limoneira was proud to host the Ag Week kick-off event and receive the award for Sustainability Leadership. Visit Totally Local VC. 

lemonadeLemonade Wars

It was all about the fun of reading at the annual literary night at Western Avenue Elementary School in Flossmoor Illinois, a southwestern Chicago Suburb. Teacher Mike Hall had selected the "Lemonade War" by children's author Jacqueline Davies as the book for the elementary students to read and discuss. 

The story infolds, when after summer vacation, siblings Evan and Jessie discover that they are in the same class which bothers Evan. The plot thickens when Evan and his friend Scott and Jessie and her friend Megan make competing lemonade stands. A lemonade war ensues as each team competes to sell the most lemonade.

Creating a topnotch lemonade war requires a significant amount of lemons. Mr. Hall was in a quandry until he reached out to Limoneira to lend a hand. Limoneira and Produce Alliance ensured that there were plenty of lemons for Western's Elementary's literary night. Take a look at the photos and you'll be able to see that like all good stories, this one had a happy ending. 

winnersblockLimoneira Winner's Block

This month our lucky winner is Dee de Los Santos, Vancouver Canada. As our monthly winner, Dee  has won a Limoneira Orchard Fresh or Lifestyles Gift.  Congratulations Dee!

For your chance to win, make sure you're on our mailing list to be entered into our monthly drawing. To join  click here  or visit our website at

Be sure to check out our other contests and drawings for additional changes to win prizes.