On December 22 the northern hemisphere will officially ring in winter. For most farms, the colder temperatures and shorter days of winter solstice marks a shift in crop production. However, for Hollandia Produce this is not the case. While our growing cycle is mildly affected by seasonal changes, our greenhouse growing method allows us to grow your favorite LIVE GOURMET® and GROWER PETE’S® products with consistent uniformity year-round.
How do we do this? All of our greens are produced hydroponically in state-of-the-art greenhouses where we control light, temperature, humidity, and nutrients. Hydroponics, “is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.”
Our technique is especially relevant in a time when our natural environment is rapidly changing. As we learned from recent COP21 Conference reports, climate change will have a profound effect on agriculture. But unlike traditional farming, our methods allow us to increase yields, shorten crop times and produce a uniquely uniform high-quality product on a year-round basis.
Though we may not face some of the same challenges as other growers, we still are mindful of our company’s carbon footprint. One way we’ve accomplished this is by updating our fleet trucks. They are designed to be aerodynamic in order to reduce fuel consumption, which consists of cleaner burning natural gas. Our fleet’s refrigeration units, that keep our greens fresh, are hybrid-electric, releasing less CO2 into our atmosphere. From growing to production, we continue to find ways in which we can become an increasingly sustainable business. And whether it be rain, shine, snow or sleet, we provide excellent and quality products to our consumers while utilizing environmentally-friendly practices.