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 hope to foster environmental stewardship in our local, regional and global communities at large 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 an even more 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 saltwater intrusion while still maintaining 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 and Salinas Valley growing regions.
Year Round Water Conservation Practices:
Soil health is the backbone of agriculture. At Ocean Mist Farms, we maintain optimal soil health and fertility by sustainably tilling our land, which promotes improved water absorption and drainage. As the tilled organic matter breaks down, it provides valuable nutrients that support a healthy microflora for the next crop to reduce the need for added fertilizers.
Ocean Mist Farms' integrated pest management (IPM) maximizes crop quality while maintaining a natural balance in the environment.
The purpose of this multifaceted project is to restore wetlands and improve water quality entering the Monterey Bay. A strong collaboration is essential between researchers and growers for land acquisition and subsequent cooperation in management practices. Current data indicates remarkable reduction in nitrate levels and other pollutants from runoff water.