Since 1924, Ocean Mist Farms has been committed to preserving and enhancing not only the land on which we farm, but also our surrounding ecosystems. We wish to inspire environmental stewardship in our local, regional and global communities to protect today's natural resources for a better tomorrow.
The proximity of Ocean Mist Farms ranches to California's Monterey Bay makes water conservation a critical component of our field management practices. Sea water intrusion is minimized through the most efficient use of water resources, making Ocean Mist Farms an industry leader in water conservation.
Since 1998, Ocean Mist Farms has used recycled water from Monterey County Water Resource Agency, an agency encompassing the Salinas Valley Reclamation Plant and the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project (CSIP).
Minimizing seawater intrusion and having a reliable water source are important enough to Ocean Mist Farms that the company pays three times the price of well water for recycled water. Today, we use approximately two billion gallons of recycled water per year in our farming operations. This accounts for about 30 percent of the total water used by Ocean Mist Farms in the Castroville & Salinas growing regions.
Year Round Conservation Practices:
Soil health is the backbone of agriculture. At Ocean Mist Farms, we maintain soil health and fertility by working crop residue back into the soil. When this organic matter breaks down, it provides valuable nutrients that support a healthy microflora for the next crop, reducing the need for added fertilizers.
Ocean Mist Farms' integrated pest management (IPM) maximizes crop quality while maintaining a natural balance in the environment.