Farming

Categories: /30 Mar 2011

Agriculturally Sustainable and Organic Farming

For more than 20 years, we have operated an agricultural development at our Cadiz Valley property. The underlying groundwater, fertile soil, warm desert temperatures, and low occurrence of indigenous pests provide ideal conditions for the production of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including citrus, grapes, melons, peppers, and squash.

Permanent crops currently in production include grape vineyards grown to certified-organic dried-on-the-vine raisins and lemon orchards. These crops are farmed using sustainable agricultural practices, including organic farming. Seasonal vegetable crops on the property are grown organically and plantings can include vegetables such as squash, asparagus, and beans.

At our Cadiz Valley property, a total of 9,600 acres have been zoned for agricultural development. Presently 2,100 acres are leased by third parties for farming. Our infrastructure includes seven interconnecting wells with an annual production capacity of 13,000 acre-feet of water. Our agricultural operations use water-saving and fuel-efficient practices, including drip irrigation. We also have housing and kitchen facilities that support up to 300 workers.