At Eastside Sustainable Farms we aim to focus on the following goals of sustainability. As sustainability is mentioned in our name, it is the way of the future. We have made it our promise to ourselves and our patrons to be accountable.
Environment: Our green Infrastructure, Water quality and Supply, Waste Minimization, Land Use, Energy Use
Economy: Our Food System, Land Redevelopment and Revitalization. Public Engagement and Participation
Society: Education of the environment, neighborhood vitality, food access & nutrition, school-community engagement
What is going on under the soil, is far more important than above. With a vast ecosystem right under our feet, its more important than ever to take care of the vibrant environment below us. Our goal is to plant more native and pollinator grasses and species, to restore the ground to its natural state, while it feeds itself with beneficial nutrients, and take over the invasive species. Soil health is key, we run tests on our grounds monthly to ensure the right balance of nutrients. Reduction of all pesticide use is ideal for restoring the ecological system on the farm.
By far, our most important resource. We are blessed to have our own well, which has been an abundant source of clean, untreated, quality water. Conservation of the water, comes from our highly efficient drip irrigation and careful monitoring of the system. Annual testing ensures the highest quality is going into our blueberries, and into our gardens and grounds.
In September of 2018, we installed 10 photovoltaic grid-tied solar panels to offset the energy used to run our irrigation system on the farm. Our 2.7kW system will produce enough to net-zero the energy consumed, with room to expand in the future as the farm grows and evolves. This is just one of the ways of helping reduce our carbon footprint at Eastside Sustainable Farm.
WASTE & RECYCLING: Through composting, we use the biodegradable organic waste materials already and found on the farm to make our own compost and recycle what we cannot compost to reduce our overall waste going to a landfill.
BUY LOCAL, STAY LOCAL: We prefer to use our local small businesses and support our own local economy before sourcing products and materials elsewhere.
CERTIFICATIONS: While it takes three years to become USDA certified organic, we will ensure our practices now coincide with obtaining this certification. We are in the process of obtaining our Salmon Safe Certification.