We are fortunate to work in one of our country’s beautiful places, the Santa Barbara coast. We feel a special responsibility to guard this environment and minimize our impact.
Environmental Impact and MPSWe work hard to minimize our impact utilizing best practices and technology.
We benchmark ourselves against thousands of other horticultural companies worldwide. This allows us to compare fertilizer, water, fossil fuel, and pesticide use to our peers. In the subset of orchid growers, we are graded at the head of the class for all categories and have achieved an ‘A’ in 2012 and 2013. To find out more about MPS, please go to http://www.my-mps.com/en/
In order to achieve this low impact, we have invested in new, effective technologies.
A few of these are:
Syngenta Bioline Predatory Insects
Instead of pesticides, we introduce naturally occurring predators to keep the pest population in check, making for a cleaner environment and a healthier plant.
Priva Climate Computers
Keeping a tight rein on our greenhouse climate results in healthier plants and reduces inputs of pesticides, water and fossil fuels.
Vitotherm CO2 Capture Technology
‘Waste’ exhaust from our boilers is captured, cooled and injected into the greenhouse as pure CO2. This increases photosynthesis by 10-15% spurring plant growth and re-capturing carbon in the plant itself to reduce environmental impact.
Automated curtains have been installed in our greenhouses to retain heat at night and to minimize natural gas use.
High efficiency sprinkler and drip irrigation ensures minimal water usage.