Food safety and farming practices
At Babé Farms we feel strongly about being good stewards of the land and are 100% committed to implementing practices that preserve our natural resources, as well as producing safe, fresh produce for our end-users. Now with over 300 acres in organic certification, many sustainable practices are now implemented in not only our organic crop but also with our conventional vegetables. Cover cropping is a standard practice, planting a variety of blends, the crop is plowed under to help build organic matter, provide nutrients and help curb weed pressure. Commercial fertilizers are no longer used in the organic program, continuing to use compost and other natural compounds has increased the quality of our soils for future plantings. Crop rotation with a variety of other vegetables also has been beneficial; it helps suppress disease in the field. With efficient means of irrigation, now we're able to reduce our water usage with the use of drip irrigation. Drip irrigation allows for better placement of water and fertigation. All irrigation water on Babé Farms ranches are tested monthly by a third party lab to ensure a safe water quality.
Babé Farms Food Safety Director, Ron Labastida