Sustainable agriculture is defined by the United States "Farm Bill" as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices in a site-specific system that:”
Our whole grains are the healthy choice! With USDA Organic Certification, BKW is committed to using organic methods to grow food and protect the environment.
Obtaining USDA Organic Certification represents the commitment BKW Farms has made to using organic methods to grow food and protect the environment. The process of obtaining this certification is complicated, expensive, and time consuming. It includes:
BKW currently has 294 acres of Certified Organic fields, a portion of which are currently being used to grow heritage and modern varieties of wheat. As the demand for these grains grows, BKW can add more acreage to our Certified Organic program.
The locally-grown food movement uses the slogan "Know Your Farmer" to focus attention on the importance of knowing who grows and produces the food we eat. There are many advantages to purchasing food produced locally, including:
By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms and food security in your community tomorrow.
Sustainable farming practices are important to the Wong Family. In 1980, the State of Arizona adopted the Groundwater Management Act which regulates the use of groundwater. For farms, this meant no new irrigated agriculture and strict water conservation requirements with limits and restrictions.
Prior to the passage of these new regulations, BKW began aggressively seeking ways to conserve water. Since 1995, BKW has used only Central Arizona Project (CAP) water for irrigation. Our fields are laser-leveled to ensure that water flows are consistent throughout the fields and run-off is eliminated. We measure the volume of water that flows through our 50 miles of concrete-lined irrigation ditches to ensure that no more than necessary is used to produce a crop. Every year we report and pay fees to the State of Arizona on all of the water used for irrigation.
The berries are poured into a seed drill which is used to plant the wheat.
The seed drill is programmed to plant seed at a depth of 2-3 inches
The depth of planting and distribution of the seed is checked.
The wheat straw is harvested for use in growing mushrooms. Remaining straw and plant parts left by the combine are turned back into the ground to help prepare the soil for future crops.