There is a hidden gem of biodiversity right beneath our feet at Limoneira! Did you know there are more unique species in a single shovel full of soil than can be found in the entire Amazon Rainforest? This incredible ecosystem is critical to growing fresh and healthy foods, and at Limoneira, we take great care to promote and protect biodiversity— above ground and below.
How do we achieve this? By growing more and spraying less.
While our primary crops are lemons and avocados, new fields are also planted with a rich variety of grasses and other non-harvested crops – a practice known as “cover cropping.” This variety of plants promotes the growth of fungi, bacteria, and other tiny organisms that all work together to form a mutually beneficial network within the soil. This diversity helps add nutrients to the soil, ward off would-be pests, and reduce weed growth, reducing the need for harsh chemical inputs.
Insects are vital to promoting biodiversity. We have performed hundreds of insect releases and planted over 400 “islands” of native flowers in order to restore natural biodiversity and habitats. Insects play a key role in pollination, nutrient cycling, and pest control, helping us to further reduce our dependence on chemicals.
Limoneira is committed to providing the highest quality fruits and caring for our environment while we do so. Through these measures, along with many others, we strive not only to ensure our ability to continue growing healthy foods for many years to come, but to do our part to pass along a healthy planet for all.
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