Green Giant Fields are Like My Veggie Garden

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:

  1. Green Giant doesn’t use any GMO seed in its growing.
  2. The company uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to control insect pests and plant diseases.
  3. Farms that grow for Green Giant are helped to convert to drip irrigation to save water.
  4. The company is never satisfied with the growing efforts and works to improve yields every year.
  5. 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.
  6. The Corporate Giving Garden is an all-volunteer effort to grow vegetables to donate to local food pantries.
  7. Green Giant growers harvest their vegetables at the peak of perfection and preserve them as quickly as possible.

In addition to all of these practices, there’s one more thing Green Giant and I have in common…

…we both want people to eat more vegetables.

(Please stay tuned for more pictures and stories from my Valley Visit.)


 

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Comments

i am reading conflicting information about Green Giant. I am researching what non organic food is non GMO. I am amazed at your information and i can only hope it is true. At this point i have chosen to personally go organic or local non gmo seeds however i want to know what other choices are available to me as organic is sometimes ridiculously priced. thank you . keile green

Hi Keile:

I’d recommend growing as much of your own produce as you can. Look for “Certified Organic” on the seed packets and shop at companies that have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. This means the company promised not to buy or sell genetically-engineered seeds. Look on the Council for Responsible Genetics for more information.

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