What Earth Day Means to Us

On this Earth Day, we are particularly grateful for the nearly 100 years of privilege stewarding our land. I've always thought that Farmers are the original stewards of the land, as they must take care of this natural resource to ensure both their livelihood and legacy.

For Ocean Mist Farms, we take this responsibility seriously, and are continually evaluating our sustainability practices. We share these practices openly with our shoppers to teach you about what goes into growing Gold Standard fresh produce. One of the ways we do this is through our extensive video library. Today, in honor of Earth day, I'm sharing one of my favorites videos with you.

Listen to our CEO, Joe Pezzini, tell the story of how his family traveled from Italy in the 1920's to settle in Carmel Valley and begin growing artichokes. You'll also hear about his own experience growing up on the farm and how he and all of us at Ocean Mist Farms feel accountable for the resources we use to grow food.

Because of the unique challenge we face with California's water supply, we are part of a 12,000 acre-irrigation district where we thoroughly cleanse and re-purpose water for our crops. In addition, 90% of the company’s crops are watered through drip irrigation (which is 70%+ more efficient than sprinkler irrigation), decreasing not only raw water usage, run-off, and seawater intrusion, but also reducing electrical and labor needs - collectively resulting in greater production efficiency.

At Ocean Mist Farms, we know our significant role and duty in moving our sustainability practices ahead for our company, for our industry, and for our future.

From all of us here, Happy Earth Day today and every day!

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Diana McClean
Growing up on California's central coast, I enjoyed delicious artichokes around the family dinner table and always on Christmas Eve! It is beyond perfection that I now market artichokes for a living and get to share the Ocean Mist Farms story and my love of all things fresh.
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