We treat our orchards like the precious asset they are, striving to conserve resources, eliminate waste, and minimize environmental impact.
Zero-Waste Orchard Recycling
Treehouse employs an advanced, zero-waste solution – Whole Orchard Recycling – to address almond orchards that have reached the end of their productive lives. With this solution, aging almond trees are pushed over, ground into chips, and then reincorporated into the topsoil. Whole Orchard Recycling helps to enrich the soil, conserve water and sequester carbon.
We strive to manage our water use in ways that preserve this natural resource, while also helping to reduce the demand for water-intensive crops and materials. Treehouse also takes care to use a minimal amount of water in all of its almond processing facilities.
- Our almond husks serve as livestock feed, which reduces reliance on water-intensive feed crops like alfalfa and silage corn.
- We seek out almond growers who employ advanced drip-irrigation and monitoring technologies to conserve water.
- Our growers are investing in soil health practices that increase water-holding capacity and ultimately reduce water dependency in almond growing.
Almond Stewardship Platform
Treehouse has more than 35,000 acres of its almond orchards enrolled in the California Almond Stewardship Platform (CASP) program. Led by the Almond Board of California, CASP uses production information submitted by growers to illuminate the sustainability of the almond industry to a range of stakeholders.
Treehouse’s participation in CASP is helping all California almond growers to enhance their practices while uncovering inefficiencies that hinder progress.
I’m proud to have farmed with the Gardiner Family for 25 years, and have even become a partner on their almond farm. As a first-generation Mexican-American, I appreciate the opportunities that the Gardiners and Treehouse provided me and my family as I built my career in this rewarding industry.
Seeking Carbon Neutrality
Researchers at the University of California-Davis released a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in 2015 that showed how reusing co-products from almond production and harvesting can play an important role in reducing the industry’s environmental impact and further reducing carbon emissions.
The research demonstrated that almond trees accumulate and store significant amounts of carbon, and suggested that the almond industry is progressing toward becoming carbon neutral – or even carbon negative – with respect to greenhouse gasses (GHG).
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