Sustainability

Sustainable

Sustainability Initiative

Our sustainable practices at Michael Cutler Company have been developed around four main goals. These goals focus on helping our farmers prosper while providing consumers with a safe, satisfying food all while protecting the environment.

Our four main goals are:

  • Environmental stewardship
  • Efficient use of non-renewable resources
  • Growing for the future
  • Consumer Safety

Environmental Stewardship

Even though sunlight and air are available everywhere, nutrient rich soil and water are not. When farmers plant, grow, and harvest a crop, they deplete the land of essential nutrients. Without replenishment of these nutrients, farming land would become unusable and suffer from reduced yields. In order to avoid this problem, Michael Cutler Company uses crop rotation to replenish these essential nutrients. Legume crops like peanuts or beans are planted to restore essential nutrients like nitrogen. In order to prevent runoff risks, headlands are built up to maintain the runoff in the valleys naturally created by growing on raised beds.  Catch basins are also used to hold runoff water for future irrigation. In recent years, Michael Cutler Company has converted much of our consumer plastic packaging over to Oxo-biodegradable Plastic Technology. This allows our packaging to biodegrade into environmentally friendly by-products in only a few months or years compared to decades or longer with old packaging.

Growing for the Future

With thousands of acres sustained by Michael Cutler Company across North America, our focus is on providing consumers with the best quality produce while preserving our resources. To ensure a long-term plan for efficient, responsible farm production, we pursue education for our growers through farm associations and other industry resources. We continually conduct tests on new seed varieties and soil amendments with the support of academic universities to boost our yields and quality of crops.

Consumer Safety

With produce and food borne illness in the news, Michael Cutler Company continues to pride ourselves on not only bringing the freshest produce to market, but also providing the safest growing and packaging procedures in the industry. Michael Cutler Company is committed to providing safe, wholesome food. Our growers follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to ensure compliance with current farming procedures. We also follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and have been audited and certified Food Safe in our company owned facilities.

Efficient Use of Non-Renewable Resources

To optimize water use during the growing process, Michael Cutler Company conducts soil analysis to determine moisture levels. Our goal is to ensure the proper amount of water is used to create healthy, quality produce. When irrigating fields, updated sprinkler systems are used to provide just enough water for plants to grow, reducing runoff and nutrient waste. Michael Cutler Company’s focus on locally grown product has saved valuable food miles while providing customers with product grown near them. Not only does this reduce the cost of freight and in turn the product, but it reduces the emission of greenhouse gases from today’s transportation methods.

Conclusion

Michael Cutler Company’s pursuit of learning and implementing new and improved farming practices is constant.  As weather and soil conditions change from year to year, our internal practices evolve. We have extensive communication and training with our farming staff to keep our team informed of all new and evolving practices.