Sustainability at Liberty Apple Orchard means striving for a balance between providing high quality, local fresh fruit while also preserving the environment, supporting the local economy and serving our community. Specifically, we:
Preserving the Environment
At Liberty Apple Orchard we utilize sustainable practices appropriate for the local ecosystem with apple varieties that fit our environment. These practices include:
We strive to sustain our orchard for the long-term through integrated pest management (IPM). We think about IPM in five parts:
Local apple orchards have an attractive environmental footprint compared with fruit from Washington and more distant orchards. According to the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Cornell University, apple orchards have several positive environmental impacts: “an acre of orchard each season fixes about 20 tons of CO2 from the air [and] releases 15 tons of oxygen.” In contrast to local Illinois orchards, those in Washington use extensive piping and pumps for watering 24x7 through the season (all with CO2 impacts from energy, steel, copper and concrete for major dams), controlled atmosphere warehouses for storage (CO2 impact of concrete, steel, and energy for refrigeration), and trucks to transport the produce to markets nearly 2000 miles away (CO2 impact from diesel fuel and steel). Source: “How Big is the Fruit Growing Footprint,” Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University.
Sustainability at Liberty Apple Orchard
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