Our farming philosophy and practices revolve around four tenets of sustainable agriculture:
Sustainable Farming Systems
In the Coachella Valley, where Caramel Naturel dates are grown, exemplary water management systems have evolved to meet the demands of a vibrant agricultural region. Over two-thirds of agriculture in the region is irrigated by water imported from the Colorado River through an intricately designed system of canals. However, water management organizations in the area understand the importance of diversifying water usage to conserve and replenish water sources. Our crops are therefore irrigated by a combination of water sources. The majority of our crops will be irrigated throughout the year by the clean waters of the Colorado River, being supplemented predominantly by the Valley’s natural aquifer, or large underground water table, which is replenished by rainfall and snow melt.
Our commitment to water conservation through sustainable farming practices extends further. We choose to use drip irrigation as an appropriate method of micro-irrigation to greatly minimize water wastage. Date palms themselves are a very draught resistant plant, a characteristic that aids us in our water conservation efforts. They thrive in hot, arid climates, and the root system of the palm is quite small and shallow growing, making drip irrigation a very effective means of delivering adequate amounts of water while preventing waste.
Drip irrigation also proves helpful in the management of soil erosion. By using drip irrigation techniques, we are able to prevent large amounts of water from flooding the ground, which causes topsoil depletion and erosion of nutrient rich soil.
In further efforts to preserve topsoil on our farm, weeds are mowed as opposed to disked to prevent erosion.
Our growing efforts and their effect on the surrounding environment is as important to us as the health and the quality of the fruit we produce. Therefore no pesticides are used in the cultivation of Caramel Naturel dates. It’s rather lucky that the fruit of the date palm grows so high off the ground. Pestilence is therefore not a significant challenge in cultivation. Birds propose a threat to ripening fruit, but this is remedied by wrapping the fruit with canvas sacks to protect it with no harm to the birds. We are committed to avoiding pesticides in the interest of producing a pure and healthy fruit while minimizing harm to the environment.
The cultivation of Caramel Naturel dates does not rely on government subsidies to operate and thrive. It is important to us that we remain financially healthy and responsible in our efforts at sustainable agriculture and in the interest of the longevity of the company.
All workers involved in the cultivation and packing of Caramel Naturel products are offered a fair and competitive wage. We also have a long term commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment for our team at every stage of the growing and packing process.