Sustainability

Circle Vision’s commitment to sustainability is built upon a broad foundation which extends to very specific implementations. It encompasses responsibility to the environment, stewardship of the land, and dedication to the protectors of that land.

First and foremost, sustainability means finding ways to minimize the impact of business practices on the environment.  This starts with the health of the land and plant resources.  Whenever possible, biologically intensive approaches such as beneficial insects and pheromones are used to promote pest control. The use of owl boxes and traps for rodent control are employed. Oak trees are planted around, not cut down. Certified organic compost and soft, synthetic crop protection compounds are used wherever feasible.

Water is perhaps one of the most valuable of all resources. Tail water is collected in retention ponds. Micro sprinklers are used for frost protection. Drainage courses are managed and cover crops are planted for positive erosion control.

Sustainability is also about skilled people on the farm who understand the soils, the plants, and the weather. But it’s also about taking care of those people. This care and attention includes night harvesting to enhance fruit quality (and worker productivity), encouraging healthy workplace activities, such as stretching prior to each shift, and providing medical insurance and safety training for the long-term workers’ health.

Being true to Circle Vision’s sustainability objectives means constant mindfulness of all aspects of the business while constantly searching for ways to improve. By working closely with the Vineyard Team’s SIP program (Sustainability In Practice) for auditing, best practices sharing, and industry leadership, sustainability goals are being met regularly.

Each and every year lessons are learned. By carefully listening to customers and being  willing to try new ideas from progressive growers and producers, Circle Vision has become a leader in sustainable farming practices.

This commitment yields synergistic results. Great produce starts from an intimate relationship with the land and those that profit from its use.  The goal is to always ensure maximized potential of the farms, while honoring the environment.