Sustainability and Earth Day
It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic smoke into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it. How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment.
In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked. In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
Limoneira is a leader in sustainability. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it also makes economic sense and our grocery retailers and food service companies increasingly have initiatives that support it, and their customers and guests believe it is important.
Limoneira's Sustainability Matrix easily identifies the people, resources and processes that have been put in place to tread lightly on the land.
Limoneira Spokesperson Megan Roosevelt Offers Three Easy Ways to Increase at Home Sustainability - with Lemons!
Lemons, apart from their countless other handy uses, can help introduce a green and sustainable lifestyle into any home, and this month Limoneira Spokesperson Megan Roosevelt is here to make things easy.
If you need inspiration: Limoneira has 6 solar installations across the company, located in Santa Paula, CA. These installations produce a total 4.2M KW annually, and in doing so, they reduce 86, 150 tons of CO2 over a 25 year period. An additional solar project is planned which will add 2.8M KWs for a total of 7M KW annually. Additionally, Limoneira is home to a 12- acre green waste facility that processes an average of 1000 tons of waste each week that might've otherwise ended up in a landfill. But that isn't all; Limoneira has built a gravity powered water treatment system - a 24,000 square foot project which process 180,000 gallons of water daily, transforming waste into water that meets CA title 22 drinking standards.
Don't forget to subscribe - videos with more wonderful recipes, tips and tricks not detailed in this release will be added to the channel weekly. For more details on the tips below, watch this video on the Limoneira channel here.
Tip 1: Add citrus peels to any garden.
Insects dislike the smell, so the peels serve as a natural bug repellent. In addition, as the peels break down they release nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium into your soil. Fertilizer, anyone? For improved efficacy, cut the peels into strips and partially cover with soil at the base of each plant.
Tip 2: Use citrus to clean cooking pans.
A simple combination of citrus juice and salt can be used to naturally clean pots and pans. Simply use half a citrus fruit rubbed over salt to scour the pot, pan, or other metal surfaces. This method is all natural and non-toxic, and will leave your metal surfaces and utensils shining.
Tip 3: Keep lemon halves after juicing.
Instead of using environmentally harmful bleach, simply add the lemon halves to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Then add dingy whites and soak overnight, then wash as usual for bright whites - naturally!
Limoneira has also partnered with additional global chefs and mixologists, nutritionists, and beauty lifestyle and green cleaning experts to share their knowledge with the customers of our grocery and food service partners around the world.
Five Uses of Citrus at Limoneira's Annual Shareholder Meeting
A plethora of creative citrus ideas was on hand at Limoneira's recent annual shareholder meeting. Regional and national professionals in health/wellness, recipes, green cleaning, beauty and lifestyle were at five demonstration stations that were well attended by guests.
Seasons Catering maintains the highest standards in both food and service. They love food and this is reflected in their approach towards the preparation and presentation of their menus. Their style of cooking is to use classic techniques with an updated approach. Because of the wealth and variety of foods surrounding us in Southern California, they focus on seasonality of produce and prefer to use local and organic products whenever feasible.
Chef Gabrielle has spent years creating favorite recipes and menus for many occasions, and focuses on pairing flavors and textures to bring out their potential, and create a wonderfully balanced palate for your dining experience. General Manager Suzzi Koenig-Brown dazzled Limoneira's guests with their mouth-watering Yogurt parfait with granola and citrus compote!
Channel Islands Distillery
Limoneira's lemons, oranges, limes and other citrus make delicious ingredients for mixologists around the world and locally owned and operated Channel Islands Distillery is no exception. The Company was started many years ago because partners Joe and Michael who have tasted every rum on the market couldn't find a premium rum that suited their taste. Each of their rum recipes uses only the finest local ingredients to create a fine tasting spirit. The smoothness of each sip is unsurpassed. You can experience their quality for yourself-they offer tours that feature their excellent quality. Michael Machuzak sampled "Citron Splash", created by Josh Papuzza, from Ventiki Lounge & Lanai, in Ventura.
How to Make:
3/4oz. lemon syrup(equal parts granulated sugar & Limoneira lemons & 2 dashes of Angostra bitters)
1/2oz Limoneira lemon juice
1.5oz Channel Islands Distillery "Grey Ghost Rum"
1.5oz Channel Islands Distillery "Plum Brandy"
1oz peach nectar
Splash of sparkling water
Serve over crushed ice & garnish with a lemon wedge.
Clean it Green Ventura County
Clean it Green has been voted Ventura County's Best Home Cleaning service for 3 years by the readers of VC Reporter. The business is an eco-friendly green cleaning service specializing in residential, commercial and vacation rental green cleaning. They are committed to the idea that each of us can make a difference for the health of this planet, starting in our homes and workplaces.
Billy Yamaguchi Inner Chai Salon and Spa
Billy Yamaguchi was the first to integrate Feng Shui into the beauty and wellness industry and has authored two books on the subject. His national and international television appearances have showcased the Feng Shui Makeover and Yamaguchi Lifestyle. He has been voted one of the most influential hair designers and educators in the industry.
The Yamaguchi Hair Therapy Product line has been featured in national magazines as Editor's Choice. Patricia Sheppard and Melissa Yamaguchi were on hand to demonstrate Yamaguchi's fresh lemon scrubs for hands and feet. Take a look at their wonderful tips!
Ventura Rental Party and Events
Heidi Whitcomb, CEO of Ventura Rentals was on hand to showcase the many ways that citrus can be incorporated into beautiful décor for homes, weddings and corporate events. Heidi's company is a proud, locally owned family corporation serving Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Ynez, and Santa Barbara Counties for over 40 years, This third generation business is lead by Heidi. Mike Whitcomb serves as COO.
The firm's consultants are always available to offer their event expertise and knowledge and assist their many loyal customers during every phase of their event from the initial consultation to on-site visits and equipment reservation.
The Healthy Grocery Girl
Megan Roosevelt is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, the founder, and CEO of Healthy Grocery Girl® and the host & producer for the #1 Family Friendly Dietitian Channel on YouTube with over 3 million total views. She is also the spokesperson for Limoneira's One World of Citrus™
Her realistic, fun & genuine approach to healthy living has cultivated a loyal online following & community. She is an internationally published author of Superfoods For Life, Coconut as well as The 5-day Juicing Diet. Megan is a host, producer and nutrition expert for television and magazines. Her work has been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX, OWN, Hallmark Channel, Access Hollywood LIVE, Shape Magazine, Health Magazine, Prevention, Real Simple, The Huffington Post and Origin Magazine, to name a few.
Megan lives in sunny Los Angeles, California with her husband & business partner, Aaron Roosevelt.
In 2019, We Celebrate Limoneira's 126th Year of Operation
There are few companies in the United States that have experienced this level of longevity and conducted business while experiencing great societal and cultural change.
When Limoneira was founded, mail order catalogs, vaudeville, and handmade clothing were the order of the day. Less than 1% of homes had electricity and indoor plumbing. Communication was done by telegraph.
Women couldn't vote, and income taxes, social security, and the Federal Reserve didn't exist. The tallest building in the world was the Eifel Tower and marijuana, heroin and morphine could be purchased over the counter.
Over this 126-year time span..... speed..... of communication and transactions has increased exponentially-
Agribusiness accounts for 96% of Limoneira's revenues including the selling and packing of lemons, oranges, and specialty citrus. Limoneira's citrus is enjoyed in restaurants around the world and it a
ppears in grocery stores globally. Both of these segments continue to experience significant change.
Following Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods, grocery e-commerce has never been more crucial, and brick and mortar operators will continue to expand their services in an effort to catch up. Retailers are increasingly teaming up with third-party players like Instacart to broaden their reach and provide fast, convenient and affordable delivery.
The Foodservice channel is another very important segment for Limoneira and, like retail grocery, this industrial component is experiencing significant change.
Millions of newly affluent people in emerging economies are reshaping and resizing the global middle class which is expected to swell from 2 billion to almost 5 billion by 2030, with most of that growth coming from developing countries, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Positive growth in travel and tourism industry on the back of economic stability in developed countries leads to the expansion
of hospitality and food industry in these regions and the global foodservice industry size is expected to reach USD 1.5 trillion by 2024.
Each of these points and many more have been captured in Limoneira's 2019 Annual Shareholder video. We invite you to take a look at how food choices are changing around the world.
|Limoneira Annual Meeting Video - 2019
Sustainability Professionals Around the World
We applaud the great and important work that is being undertaken by the many professionals in our industry. The list is a long one-we've taken the opportunity to showcase a few of these talents below.
Thomas McQuillan -Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Culture and Sustainability at Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc.
Thomas McQuillan is a transformational executive with 25+ years of successful business leadership experience. In 2015, Thomas joined Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc. located in the Bronx, New York. At Baldor, he reports to the President of the company developing a number of strategic initiatives. Tasked with creating a strategic plan to make Balor more Sustainable, Thomas spearheaded the SparCs (scraps spelled backward) initiative to reduce food waste throughout the company. Baldor's sustainability initiatives are also focused on overall waste reduction throughout the organization and the company has launched a number of initiatives to become more energy efficient.
Paul McVeigh- Manager, Procurement Transformation & Sustainability at Danone North America
Danone believes in creating and sharing sustainable value and Paul McVeigh, has an important role to play in the company's sustainability initiatives. The Company believes that each time we eat and drink, we can vote for the world we want. This has inspired the definition of their long-term goals which flow directly from their 'One Planet. One Health' vision.
Mandilyn Beck -Sustainability Director - Sodexo
Mandilyn Beck is a passionate and successful local and sustainable food procurer at Sodexo, one of the world's largest hospitality companies. She continues to find innovative solutions for large-scale sustainable food procurement, as well as the implementation of solutions.
Stephanie Armistead- Sustainability, Natural Resources Program Manager at Chick-fil-A
As a Co-Founder of the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings, Stephanie Armistead has been a catalyst for sustainability in the southeastern part of the U.S.
She's fluent in sustainability-focused project management and has guided the development of all strategic planning, sustainable strategy, and production efforts surrounding sustainability initiatives to achieve sustainability goals. Stephanie literally walks her talk and integrates her passion for sustainability into all aspects of her life. Follow her blog - Going. AWOC-Atlanta WithoutaCar!
Joshua Brau Brand Director Specializing in Sustainability at Blue Apron
Last year, Blue Apron highlighted their efforts to improve animal welfare throughout their supply chain and announced new sustainability initiatives that they will be implementing. This comes after the organization received the Good Chicken Award at the 2018 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards hosted by Compassion in World Farming, which is an international farm animal welfare organization. Joshua Brau has had an extensive career in Sustainability roles and has been a key part of these initiatives at Blue Apron.
The Company believes that a critical component of any successful food company is the responsibility - to our customers, suppliers, and the industry at large - to ensure the health and well-being of animals raised throughout our supply chain.
Laura Jungmann- Sustainability Manager at Albert Heijn
Albert Heijn B.V. is the largest Dutch supermarket chain and was founded in 1887 in Oostzaan, Netherlands. It is named after Albert Heijn, Sr., the founder of the first store in Oostzaan.
Laura Jungmann is responsible for the development and implementation of Albert Heijn's environmental and social due diligence practices, and on operationalizing product sustainability with the Company's People & Planet project). The company, part of the Ahold-Delhaize group is a leader in sustainability. An important commitment is to contribute to the global goals to reduce food waste by decreasing food waste in our own operations by 20%, Maximizing the recovery of unsold food to reduce hunger in their communities, Innovating with their suppliers to reduce food waste and helping customers reduce food waste at home.
Nick Sterling-Associate Director of Sustainability - The Cheesecake Factory
Nick Sterling is a career environmental professional, uniquely experienced in both technical and strategic aspects of corporate sustainability programs. He is adept at aligning environmental and sustainability initiatives with key business goals throughout the organization. At several of their restaurants, the company has installed 800-pound organic waste decomposition machines that process leftover food, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, and other food waste.
The only byproduct from the machines is wastewater that drains into our sewer system. In addition to reducing the volume of waste that goes into landfills, the digester also reduces the frequency of trash pickup and use of industrial trash bags.
Closer to Home Section
Ventura College AG Program
Ventura Colleges new Agriculture Program seeks to prepare students for future careers with the agriculture industry through hands-on experiential learning and curriculum designed to engage students in all aspects of agriculture, from the field to the fork. The Program allows students to complete courses that comprise the core undergraduate work required at the CSU agriculture programs, as well as enable students to earn an Associates degree (AS) or certificate of Achievement in either Agribusiness or Plant Science.
California is home to the largest food and agricultural economy in the nation. California's farmers and ranchers have made this state the leader in agricultural production for over 50 years. With 350 crops and an agricultural economy that exceeds $28 billion, the rest of the world looks to California to see what's next in agriculture. Our courses in the Agriculture program focus on landscaping, natural resources, and the business of agriculture.
Santa Paula Unified School District's New Agriculture
On March 30th the Santa Paula Community celebrated the opening of the Santa Paula Unified School District's new Agriculture Acadamy. The school farm is 29 acres with 15 acres of lemons, 1 acre of Washington navels & avocados, and two 2,900 sqft livestock barns. Plans in also in place to add an equipment barn, cattle barn, greenhouse, growing area, and expand the orchard to include other fruit trees such as avocados, pomegranates, and oranges. The new school farm will allow students to have an amazing learning facility to complement the district 's long standing agriculture program and promote the importance of the agriculture industry. The effort was spearheaded by well-known teacher and community supporter Alex Flores. In an article in the Ventura County Star, Flores noted: "This is a great opportunity for all students."
"It's the idea of having kids come over, whether we are demonstrating the life of a lemon or the avocados or a livestock demonstration, and being able to learn about insects and pests, water, soil analysis - all that," Flores said. "The lessons are ultimately about the importance of people who work in agriculture."
Cinco de Mayo Comes Early at Palazzio
On Thursday, April 4th, California Resources Corporation, Ventura Citizens for Energy Independence, LULAC Council #3026 and Palazzio Event Center are very happy to invite you to a Dinner/presentation, by renowned author Dr. David Hayes-Bautista.
The presentation will be directed on the importance of Latinos in California's history and their contributions to Ventura County. This great event is free and space is limited. You can get tickets at
Congratulations to our Colleagues Elvia Sandoval and Alejandra Plaza
Elvia and Alejandra completed Ventura College's Agricultural Supervisor Development Program
The 12-week certificate program Elvia and Alejandra completed was created to have them explore and develop their fundamental skills of self-awareness and self- management, affirming their capacity as leaders, and practicing new ways of communicating.
Congratulations Elvia and Alejandra!
Here's What You Can Expect After Sleeping with Lemons on Your Nightstand for Only One Night
I'm sure you have heard the expression, "an apple a day helps keep the doctor away". It really is just saying that eating something healthy on a regular basis will give your body the natural strength to take care of itself. As it turns out, it isn't only apples that have that ability, it is lemons as well. Of course, the saying wouldn't probably have lasted so long if it mentioned lemons but that being said, they are really good for you.
Lemons are high in Vitamin C, have plenty of fiber and other goodness that is great for your body. They support the heart, can help you to control your weight and if you are dealing with stomach problems, they might just be what you need. The best news is, that is only scratching the surface of what they can do for you. Let's look closely at why putting a lemon by your bedside can help you and your body. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE!
Limoneira's Winner Block
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