WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--California Safe Soil, LLC, (CSS) a privately held 100% sustainable and organic fertilizer manufacturer, and Diedrich Farms (Diedrich), a leading California tomato and vegetable farm system, today announced that they have successfully completed a processing tomato field trial of Harvest-to-Harvest, the fertilizer and soil amendment produced using CSS’s breakthrough technology, using organics recycled by supermarkets.
“Our goal has been to improve sustainability metrics, like increased organics recycling rates, improved food safety, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased soil organic matter content, and improved water utilization and quality. It’s important to show that good organics can increase crop yields for commercial farmers – a “win-win”
Diedrich has been a market leader in applying tomato crop and soil technology. Their “Grower Standard” case in the Field Trial reached an extraordinary crop yield of 74.2 tons per acre. This compares with the California state average of 47 tons per acre. Diedrich agreed to reduce their use of conventional fertilizers, and apply Harvest-to-Harvest in the Field Trial with CSS, saving money in the process. This case yielded 83.4 tons per acre (a 12.4% increase over the Grower Standard), and also scored very well in color, brix and solids, three key value measures for tomato farmers.
Dan Morash, Founder of CSS, said “Our goal has been to improve sustainability metrics, like increased organics recycling rates, improved food safety, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased soil organic matter content, and improved water utilization and quality. It’s important to show that good organics can increase crop yields for commercial farmers – a “win-win” for farmers and the environment.”
Todd Diedrich, Owner of Diedrich Farms, said “We work hard to be good stewards of our land, to use sustainable growing practices for the long term. We’re committed to being a leader in applying science-based solutions to our farming challenges. We expect our collaboration with CSS to help us stay at the cutting edge of agricultural science, to produce market leading results for our own farm, and for the farms of others that we manage.”
About CSS - CSS has a breakthrough technology to recycle organics from local supermarkets, which are processed in only three hours in a strict, environmentally sensitive manufacturing facility. The resulting liquid fertilizer (called Harvest-to-Harvest, or H2H), is pasteurized for food safety, stabilized for extended shelf life, and emulsified, for ease of application by farmers. CSS has a pilot plant in West Sacramento which is supplied by five major food chain supermarkets in the area. H2H can help farmers increase crop yields, while they cut their use of conventional chemical fertilizers, reducing nitrate runoff into lakes and streams by as much as two-thirds. That’s a “win-win” for farmers and the environment, helping farmers address concerns raised by state regulatory agencies to reduce nitrate runoff, and consumer demand for more sustainable farming practices. For more information, please visit www.calsafesoil.com.
About Diedrich Farms – Diedrich Farms is a fifth generation family farm, starting in Oxnard, CA in the late 1800’s. Today, Diedrich grows tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, watermelon and cantaloupes on over 1,200 acres in Dos Palos, California. Diedrich manages an additional 11,000 acres on behalf of other farmers, due largely to their ability to produce exceptional yields from a wide variety of challenging farm conditions.