Sustainability

We work to create industry-leading policies and enforce responsible practices in sustainable agriculture. We constantly exploring the ways in which we can protect and conserve our planet by improving our operational practices to promote sustainability.

 

Recycling

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. For us, it’s not just a poster in a middle-school cafeteria. It’s a motto to live by. We recycle cardboard, plastic, paper, glass, and metal, and we always try to use recycled and reclaimed materials, whether we’re building grow boxes for our own plants or packaging your live plants for shipping.

 

Using Mulch to Conserve Water

We believe the Mother Earth’s soil must be protected, maintained, built and nourished. Our farm uses mulch to conserve water and enhance our soil structure. Our mulch is all natural, consisting of dead leaves, branches and other plant debris which accumulate on our farm. Bacteria, fungi and other living organisms use these raw organic materials for food, a process we know as decay, which is nature's way of returning to the earth the raw materials borrowed by previous generations of plants.

A mulch cover of various organic materials on our soil enables, conserves and enhances our precious soil. With better soil structure comes better water absorption. Organic mulches not only conserve moisture, they also help feed plants. Mulching creates healthy soils that are rich in organic matter and "alive" with microorganisms, which break down nutrients to make them available to plants. Mulch helps retain soil moisture by reducing evaporation. Mulch helps keep the soil cool and hydrated, enhancing plant establishment and overall vigor. Healthy plants are more resistant to pest damage.  

Mulching makes our farm’s maintenance more efficient while also encouraging better plant growth and development, and makes all farm maintenance operations easier.

 

All Natural, non-GMO Seeds

Through our sustainable agricultural practices, we are committed to providing growers with all natural seeds and plants.   This commitment reflects our concern for the quality and health of our environment. All of our seeds are both all natural and non-GMO. Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are never used at Tyler Farms. While scientific research suggests that organic produce may be more nutritious, we prefer using organic growing techniques because it helps us keep chemicals out of our bodies and protects our environment. Growing organic isn’t a trend, it’s a return to tradition.

 

Biological Pest Control

By building up populations of beneficial insects, we are able to combat harmful pests. These beneficial insects, including ladybugs, help us by eating adult pests and eating pest eggs. Ladybug colonies are frequently spotted at Tyler Farms along with other beneficial insects that work as our biological pest controllers.