We practice Integrated Pest Management(IPM), a combination of both conventional and organic farming methods. It is not a single pest control method, but rather a series of pest management evaluations, decisions, and controls that are designed to increase yield and quality, while reducing the need for treatments. An ongoing composting and cover crop program helps lower our use of synthetic fertilizers and, whenever possible, we treat pests with natural methods, such as pruning, irrigation, traps, horticultural oils, and predatory bugs.
A professional scout frequently checks our crops for insects and disease pressures. Just because we see a single pest does not always mean control is necessary. IPM allows us to reduce the number of treatments and move toward a more sustainable practice. When we do find the need to apply a control, we apply in a targeted area and adhere to a strict list of approved pesticides. IPM has been tested nationwide and proven to have a positive effect on both the environment and human health. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/agriculture/tipm.html