Giving Back to Our Community
When we plant a field of corn, it isn't the bountiful and excellent product we are after-- it's the knowledge we can earn from the process of cultivating. Because we are research-oriented, not crop sales oriented, at the end of these projects we end up with hundreds of ears of corn. We give some away to family and friends, and enter some in the local fair, but we also like to use our corn surplus as an opportunity to give back to the local community. Here are some of the ways we've done this in the past.
During the summer of 2018, we donated 500 ears of corn to a group of Walla Walla High School French students to sell in a fundraiser to support their 2019 educational France and Italy tour. The students were able to sell dozens of boxes of corn, earning themselves a few hundred dollars to offset the cost of their trip.
At the end of summer of 2020, we donated 1,200 pounds of corn to a local food bank. The food bank was then able to distribute the corn to various local families in need, including those who lost their jobs due to the covid-19 pandemic.
We refuse to spray our corn with herbicide or pesticide, because sustainable growing practices are paramount to our core values as a company.
Per the USDA mandate for reduction of nutrient loss by 30% by 2050, we also minimize our water use with our cutting edge moisture monitoring and automation technologies.