While searching for energy saving solutions, we found that solar power offered cost-effective opportunities, so we built a seven-acre solar park, producing nearly 2 megawatts of power – a significant part of our industrial requirement allowing us to reduce our dependence on traditional sources and focus on sustainable and renewable power generation.
Drip and micro-sprinkler irrigation has always been a key component of our water conservation practices. The West Side of the San Joaquin Valley is ground zero in the battle over water allocations with many federally-mandated restrictions. Nevertheless, we have found many effective ways to counter ground water limitations by making productive use of ever improving irrigation technology – putting water where it is needed most and saving the rest. Our involvement and support in bringing the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program to fruition alongside our friends at the Del Puerto Water District has been one of the highlights in our efforts to bring common-sense solutions to the agricultural water needs of Central Valley farming operations.
Compost is a natural resource that replaces the nutrients lost through the production of one large almond crop after another – adding biologically beneficial elements that enrich and renew the soil, and keep our trees healthy and disease resistant. Compost is also safe and pathogen free because of the time/temperature requirements of its preparation.
There are many truckloads of byproducts produced in the processing of almonds. Almond hulls are used for livestock feed – hulls are high in sugar, protein and fiber and contribute to a balanced feed ration. Almond shells are used in energy co-generation plants, pressed fireplace logs, laminate board, MDF and SP board production, dairy bedding, and for briquettes. There is not a single component of an almond that is not used for some redeemable and responsible end use, all while generating one of nature’s most nutritional and enjoyable snacking items!
Stewart & Jasper packaging is made from recycled corrugated stock, a sustainable material. Environmentally friendly inks and other product packaging components are all spec’d to provide a finished product that has minimal, if any, adverse ecological effects.
Stewart & Jasper uses the best technology available to capture and eliminate dust pollution. Through the use of pneumatic conveying systems that use bag houses to filter the dust generated in our hulling and shelling operations, and low-impact shakers, sweepers, and harvesters out in the orchards, we make every attempt to minimize the effect of particulate matter in the harvest and processing of almonds.