THE RANCH | SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Alexander Ranch and the greenhouse industry have long been at the forefront of sustainable farming. Precision growing by our expert growers in carefully controlled greenhouse environments create optimal conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and plant nutrition for healthy crop production, year round. Water, light, land, and resources are respectfully conserved in environmentally responsible farming practices. We use natural, organic, biodegradable, and recyclable materials as this lies at the heart of our mission at Alexander Ranch — we grow with integrity.
Hydroponic cultivation, a method of growing plants in nutrient rich water without soil, go hand in hand with sustainable farming. Our greenhouse hydroponic system allows us to provide our customers the cleanest, safest, and most flavorful produce possible. We start with pure water that is filtered daily and recirculated. We maintain a precise nutrient balance and oxygen levels in our hydroponic system to achieve optimum leaf integrity and flavor without excessive application of plant nutrients. Our lettuce and herb seedlings are soil-free, grown in stone wool plugs created from natural volcanic rock. Organic crop protection products are applied to prevent insects from establishing within the crops. Utilizing this advanced horticultural technology and generations of experience, Alexander Ranch is positioned as a leader in sustainable farming, benefitting our customers and the world.
Historically low ground water levels in California are a significant concern in our region. It is comforting to know that the growing practices at Alexander Ranch are exemplary for water conservation. Our greenhouse hydroponic system allows us to sterilize and recirculate our water supply. This means we use only what we actually need, which equates to a fraction of the water required by traditional farming. Now that is refreshing news.
Our newly constructed greenhouses provide natural sunlight for lettuce and herb production and the packing facility. This efficient design reduces power consumption and conserves natural resources, resulting in significant savings in energy costs, which we are proud to pass onto our customers.
High density planting of our hydroponic growing system allows us to utilize every square inch of greenhouse space for plant production. This maximizes crop yields with minimal use of land area.
Our sophisticated greenhouse environmental control systems create ideal growing conditions. This leads to nominal disease incidence and pest infestations, which equates to reduced need for plant nutrients and crop protection products.