SUSTAINABLE FARMING

Fresh Nature Foods has established a production model which allows us to develop our products through sustainable agricultural practices. Garbanzo beans are good for crop rotations as they help reduce the carbon footprint by conserving valuable natural resources such as water.

In comparison, garbanzo beans use a fraction of the water demanded from a crop like potatoes. Where a typical potato crop will demand 2 ½ – 3 ½ acre feet of water, garbanzos only require a mere 6 – 12 inches of water throughout the entire growing season. Their deep tap root allows the crop to seek deep moisture while also helping to penetrate the hard pan allowing for increased water percolation later in the wet season. Garbanzos growers use a decreased number of commercial chemicals applied to the crop, never having to use harmful insecticides to protect from pests. Finally, as a natural nitrogen fixing legume, garbanzos put valuable nitrogen back into the soil depleted by other commodities. These growing characteristics make garbanzo beans an extremely valuable rotation crop.

HOW WE DO IT

Fresh Nature Foods’s mission is to produce safe food using natural, earth-friendly and environmentally sustainable methods.

As the first group in N America to offer Fresh-Picked Green Garbanzo Beans on a year round basis, we believe we have created a unique and innovative Gluten Free, GMO-Free, and Natural product that is not only very healthy for the consumer but also healthy for the plant.

Fresh picked green garbanzo beans are a perfect part of a sustainable agricultural program as they are:

  • Carefully nurtured without the use of harmful insecticides.
  • Naturally fix atmospheric nitrogen, replenishing it into the soil. This nitrogen fixing ability reduces commercial fertilizer usage by farmers using green garbanzos as part of their crop rotation by naturally replenishing nitrogen in the soil that has been depleted by other crops.
  • The garbanzo bean plant has an unusually deep growing tap root which allows water to percolate deeper into the soil for improved moisture retention and provides a natural filter for our aquifers.
  • The water that does replenish aquifers is not tainted by chemicals used in fertilizers, providing cleaner water.