SUSTAINABILITY

 

 

 

“Sustainability is not a recent or passing fad at Mucci Farms. It has been a cornerstone of our farm’s value system for decades”.

Our greenERhouse ™ 

We believe that awareness of our carbon footprint should occur on a daily basis, and that’s why we’ve made greenERhouse ™ part of our identity.

The status quo is no longer good enough; our customers have changed their shopping habits with reusable bags, and they expect their food suppliers to make their own changes. We take this change seriously, and with greenhouses that are already naturally earth friendly, we’ve developed our greenERhouse ™ to push us even further.

 

  • Benefits of Biomass:

    · Abundance of demolition / disaster wood and
      municipal waste.

    · Landfills are not needed to discard of this waste.

    · Emissions (CO2) are absorbed by plants.

    · Promotes restoration of waste land.

    · Low in sulphur, reducing the production of acid rain.

    · Alleviates dependency on non-replenished fossil fuels.

    As we become increasingly more aware of the effects of industry on the environment, new ways of providing heat for our greenhouses become necessary. With this in mind, we’ve turned to biomass energy sources. Viewed as one of the main renewable energy sources of the future, biomass is virtually carbon-neutral and almost inexhaustible. Taking waste products generated from everyday living and efficiently converting them into energy while capturing the CO2 for our plants, the benefits from biomass are obvious.

    Commencing in 2007, Mucci Farms developed its own, proprietary gasification system to accept a broad range of biomass fuels, ranging from waste wood to fuel pellets derived from municipal waste. Until natural gas prices dropped so dramatically over the past few years, the waste derived fuel pellets were a clean, practical and viable alternative to fossil fuels and waste wood. Since then however, low natural gas prices resulted in a reduced demand for waste wood and a corresponding drop in waste wood prices, making both fuels more economical than the waste derived pellets. If and when natural gas prices increase, Mucci Farms may elect to resume using the waste derived fuel pellets.

    Until then Mucci Farms will simply continue utilizing waste wood as its sole biomass fuel, thereby offsetting approximately 17,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Taken from old homes and buildings, discarded wood (also known as demolition wood) burns cleaner than most traditional fossil fuel systems and all of its carbon dioxide emissions are deemed “biogenic” as they form part of the earth’s natural carbon cycle.

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  • Water Recycling

    Population growth and increasing demands on water resources make effective water conservation essential to sustaining environmental quality and maintaining a sensitive ecosystem balance. Mucci Farms maintains an aggressive water recycling program where run-off water is collected and recycled, ensuring that no water is wasted and that the water table is not polluted by fertilizers.

    Our closed water recycling system has
    four main stages:

    1. Plant run-off water is retrieved and is channeled into
        holding tanks.

    2. Water passes through a sand filtration system to trap
        any organic materials (ie algae) from contaminating
        the ecosystem.

    3. Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) is then applied
        to the water to disinfect. UVGI is a highly effective
        method of destroying microorganisms, eliminating the
        need for any chemical treatment.

    4. The water is then stored in a “clean” holding tank,
        ready to be used again.

    Using significantly less water than traditional farming methods, Mucci Farms’ water recycling program reduces the amount of fresh water that we use in our greenhouse and ensures that no contaminants from organisms or neighbouring farm pesticides contaminate and unbalance our surrounding
    eco system.

  • Growing Substrate Recycling

    All of our vegetables are grown in a growing substrate made out of Rockwool or coco pea slabs. Once a growing season has ended, these slabs must be disposed of, but rather than send them to a landfill we work with a company that brings new life to the used slabs by turning them into household bricks.

  • Advantages of Integrated Pest Management Systems:

    · Elimination of pesticides.

    · Reduction of health risks to workers and surrounding
      residential neighbourhoods.

    · Protection of “at-risk” ecosystems and non-target
      species.

    · Reductions of pollutants and high concentrations of
      chemicals entering the eco-system.

    As we look for healthy produce and a safe living environment, efforts to find alternatives to pesticides have increased and produced positive results. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a proactive program designed to control the population of undesirable pests with natural predators. IPM works by identifying potential pest problems, monitoring populations, reducing pest populations and evaluating the effectiveness of treatments. Effectively replacing the use of pesticides, Integrated Pest Management addresses pest issues with insects found throughout nature and native to North America.

  • No More Leftovers!

    Packaging is the largest source of household waste, and our greeERhouse ™ would not be complete without a means of addressing this. We’ve re-evaluated our traditional methods of packaging and made significant changes in the way we display our produce.

    We have worked hard to launch our newest packaging addition.  Our Enviro Tray is made out of 100% recycled material and is 100% recyclable. Currently used for packaging jumbo slicer Tomatoes, Eggplant and Tomatoes on the Vine, we have plans to make it available for a number of other products in the future.

    Going even further, all of our cardboard inks are vegetable oil-based and water-based. Our clamshells are made from post-consumer recycled plastic water bottles.

    We don’t want to see any leftovers from our produce, and our packaging is no exception!

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