Sustainability is a way of life at Scully Packing. Our integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) includes insect trapping and pheromone disruption programs to minimize chemical usage on our ranches. We also monitor our fertilizer usage and participate in the state of California Irrigated Lands Waiver program to monitor any run-off, if any, from our farmed lands. To conserve water we have converted our orchards from flood irrigation to solid set sprinklers. We are working with the Natural Resources Conservation District to install a system of digitalized water sensors so all irrigations are necessary and efficient.
The entire California Pear Industry has been recognized as a “Pioneer in Sustainablity” by SureHarvest, an organization specializing in helping Agricultural groups develop sustainability programs. In the 1970’s California growers carried out the research trials for mating disruption, a cornerstone of every pear IPM program, through research funded through our California pear marketing order. Marketing order assessments are set and paid for by the growers themselves, and research grants thus funded have included studies on hundreds of projects, including water management and effective fertilizer usage, sustainable cultural practices, and the post-harvest handling of fruit.
Scully Packing Company has also made on-going investments in sustainability in its packing and cold storage operations. Every year we recycle about 41 tons of organic waste from packing operations and around 1530 cubic yards of cardboard and other recyclable packing supplies. We have installed solar systems in all of our storage and packing facilities. Between all four of our facilities, we have over one megawatt of solar generation.
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