Stewart & Jasper believes that best agricultural practices are always compatible with eco-friendly objectives.
Energy: While searching for energy saving solutions, we found that solar power offered cost-effective opportunities and built a seven-acre solar park, producing one megawatt of power – a significant part of our industrial requirement.
Water: Drip 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 drip irrigation technology – putting water where it is needed most, and saving the rest.
Fertility: 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.
Recycling: There are many truckloads of byproducts produced in the processing of almonds. Almond hulls are used for livestock feed – hulls are high in sugar 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.
Packaging: Stewart & Jasper packaging is made from recycled corrugated stock, a sustainable material.
Clean Air: Stewart & Jasper uses the best technology available to trap and eliminate dust pollution, through the use of bag houses that filter the dust generated in the hulling and shelling operation, and in the processing of almonds.