I’d always wanted to drive a tractor and my wish came true on my Green Giant Valley Visit.
I didn’t know what to expect on my all-expense-paid Valley Visit to La Sueur, Minn., to tour the Green Giant research facility and cornfields, but I didn’t expect to discover how much the fields and my garden have in common.
They had me at sustainable agriculture practices.
Here’s a list of seven growing methods that Green Giant and I have in common:
- Green Giant doesn’t use any GMO seed in its growing.
- The company uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to control insect pests and plant diseases.
- Farms that grow for Green Giant are helped to convert to drip irrigation to save water.
- The company is never satisfied with the growing efforts and works to improve yields every year.
- Green Giant is as concerned about protecting pollinators as I am. A two-acre pollinator habitat is being planted for the University of Minnesota to research ways to help native bee populations.
- The Corporate Giving Garden is an all-volunteer effort to grow vegetables to donate to local food pantries.
- Green Giant growers harvest their vegetables at the peak of perfection and preserve them as quickly as possible.
…we both want people to eat more vegetables.
(Please stay tuned for more pictures and stories from my Valley Visit.)