What does Earth Day mean to CultivatR?

 

Here is how your support provides meaningful action for our planet

Responsible Farming Practices

We source only from local farmers and ranchers who use responsible farming practices. Our farmers understand that we need to nurture our environment and animals for it to be a fruitful and sustainable business. 

No one in Alberta is more aware of the symbiotic relationships of soil, water and air than our farmers and ranchers. They depend on clean water, understand that pollution threatens plant and animal health and know that good soil is as valuable as gold. So, they conserve, protect and improve the resources they care for to see the next generation have resources that can produce economically viable and environmentally secure food.   

Regenerative agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

Some examples of regenerative agriculture include composting, aquaculture, holistic planned grazing, pasture cropping and planting perennial crops. Using cover crops to enrich soil after harvest, crop rotation and low-till to zero-till farming practices are helping renew our environment and biodiversity.

Pesticide and Herbicide Use

Another significant pollution source is the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides, which deteriorate soil, water and air quality. These chemicals wreak havoc on the environment, threatening biodiversity and weakening the natural systems. The local independent farms we work with use natural methods without the use of synthetic pesticides. 

Free Range and Humanely Raised Pasture Animals

Sustainable livestock producers use a wide variety of practices to raise animals humanely, produce better products and provide a living for themselves and their families. These practices also help to build soil and sequester carbon, mitigating the effects of greenhouse gases. At the heart of sustainable livestock production is well-managed pasture, forest or rangeland, where animals can move and graze freely. When animals are raised well in a healthy and sustainable environment, synthetic hormones and antibiotics are not needed.

Reducing Food Waste

Nearly forty per cent of fresh produce and meat in grocery stores is wasted. By eating locally, we can significantly reduce the amount of food waste by harvesting food on demand. We strive to have close to zero inventory on hand to ensure our products are the freshest from our vendors with our weekly orders. Our overstock of fresh produce gets donated to local charities for people in need. 

Reduced Emissions

As we shorten the distribution chain by buying local food, we reduce pollution and waste from transportation and refrigeration emissions. Having your food delivered not only frees up your time, but also reduces emissions by enabling efficient delivery routes.  

Thank You!

We want to thank every one of our customers and vendors for supporting us in the mission. It is your continued support that allows us and our farmers, ranchers and food artisans to make these farming practices the norm. It’s also nice to know that by eating local, not only are we helping the environment, but we’re getting better tasting and healthier food too.