SUSTAINABILITY

Nutrient is manifesting a future of renewable energy, sustainable transport, healthy regenerative soil and abundant efficiently-utilized water resources.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Nutrient is making significant investments in renewable energy so that one day it can operate hybrid off-grid with net-zero energy consumption.  We are also sequestering carbon with every product grown.

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PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) PRODUCTION

49.15 kW installed

The Greenhouse, Farm House and Chicken Coops have received solar panels thur far with the Hay Barn to also receive them in the near future.

Akaushi, or "red cattle" in Japanese, is one of 4 sub-species of Wagyu and is known as the Emperor's Breed.  It  is considered to be the highest quality beef variety in the world and is sought after by connoisseurs and chefs alike.

STATIONARY STORAGE

250 kWh received and soon installed

The Solar Shed contains this Stationary Storage for the solar system.  It is a crucial component that enhances the efficiency, reliability, and flexibility of the solar power installation. This system stores excess electricity generated by solar panels for later use, ensuring a continuous power supply even when the sun isn't shining.

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GEOTHERMAL EARTH BATTERY

6 modules installed

The Greenhouse contains these Earth Batteries, each 1,200 sq. ft. (7,200 sq. ft. total), are an innovative and sustainable method for building temperature regulation. They leverage the stable temperature of the earth to heat or cool the greenhouse environment, improving plant growth conditions and reducing the need for external energy sources.

Phase-Change Material (PCM)

Hundreds installed

The Greenhouse contains these PCMs, which are substances that absorb or release a significant amount of latent heat when they change their physical state, typically between solid and liquid. This ability to store and release thermal energy makes PCMs highly valuable in various applications for temperature regulation and thermal management.

The PCMs can also be seen in the above Geothermal Earth Battery photos background.

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SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

Nutrient is making significant investments in Sustainable Transport.

100% Electric Cars/Trucks

Tesla vehicles have been procured to help lower logistics energy costs in regards to operations, local deliveries, farmer's markets and agritourism.

100% electric vehicles (EV) are a type of automobile that is powered entirely by electricity, without the use of any internal combustion engine or fossil fuels. These vehicles are designed to be energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective in the long run.

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100% Electric Semi

Tesla Semi has been reserved for future Wholesale deliveries.

This revolutionary technology will one day be able to operate autonomously, lowering operating costs and thus product prices, even further.

SOIL HEALTH

Nutrient is making significant investments in soil health.  Nutrient Farm practices regenerative, no-till, Biodynamic, Organic agriculture.  The soil is built and cultivated using living manure and Biodynamic Preparations.  Never used are GMO's, Synthetic Pesticides or Biosludge.  Livestock are intensively rotational grazed between Nutrient Farm's East pasture paddocks, West pasture and 2,000 acre Vulcan BLM Allotment.

Each year, we will perform soil tests to track soil health.

Greenhouse 1 (G1)

Mixed Crops (0.1 acre)

Orchard 1 (O1)

Fruit Orchard (10 acres)

Orchard 2 (O2)

U-Pick Fruit Orchard (10 acres)

Orchard 3 (O3)

Berry Orchard (27 acres)

Hay 1 (H1)

Hay Field (140 acres)

Nutrient Farm is committed to farming and ranching holistically and sustainably.

Biodynamic Organic agriculture has been practiced since 2018.  Crops are grown with vital compost produced with living, composted manure and treated with Biodynamic Preparations 502-507.

To track the trend in Sustainability, we will be annually conducting the following soil health tests in all of our crop production areas:

 - Total Nutrient Digestion
 - 24 Hour Burst Respiration
 - PLFA Fungi Biomass
 - Haney Soil Health Calculation

Data Interpretation

NOTES

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2023 G1, O1 and O2 data is represented by the results of 2024 O3 because it is adjacent and generally the same pasture before any agriculture began.

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TOTAL NUTRIENT DIGESTION tests nutrient availability.  Nutritive minerals are reported in Parts Per Million (PPM).  We first calculate the Delta of the PPM from Optimum (average of optimal range) as a positive number and proceed to multiply it by a Standardization Value to produce a two digit number.  This initial two digit number is finally subtracted by 100 to get two digit trackable number that becomes higher the closer the PPM is to Optimum and lower the further the PPM is to Optimum.

24 HOUR BURST RESPIRATION tests biological activity by analyzing the Soil Resp. ppm CO2-C, which are divided by 5 to get a two digit trackable number.

PLFA FUNGI BIOMASS tests and quantifies the amount of fungal biomass is in the soil. Total Biomass is determined as PLFA ng/g soil, which is divided by 200 to get a two digit trackable number.

HANEY SOIL HEALTH CALCULATION tests the overall health an fertility of the soil; it is a composite number that is tracked directly without additional modification.

2024

Samples collected by: Lucio Cappeletti, Agricultural Engineer, Nutrient Farm on 4/1/2024. Testing performed by: Regen Ag Labs. Results received 4/24/2024.

WATER MANAGEMENT

Nutrient is making significant investments in Water Management.    

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PIPELINE

We are constructing a 5-mile, gravity-fed Pipeline to convey senior water rights from the historical point of diversion.  The pipelines maxium interal diameter is 24" and  it is comprised of food-grade HDPE.

Seepage and evaporation losses are eliminated during conveyance as is the need for pumps and electricity.

This clean technology utilizes butt-fusion, which eliminates the requirements for PVC, chemical primers and adhesives.

WATER STORAGE

Multiple storage ponds are being constructed to proxy water when most abundant in order to minimize the CFS of water conveyed when less abundant; effectively "consumption leveling".

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POND LINING

To minimize seepage losses of the water conveyed, every pond constructed is being covered with food-grade HDPE liners.

This clean technology utilizes heat-fusion, which eliminates the requirements for PVC, chemical primers and adhesives.

EFFICIENT IRRIGATION

Efficient, food-grade, HDPE drip-line irrigation systems are being constructed in the Nursery, Greenhouse and Orchards to put the water exactly where it is needed.

This prevent waste, over-watering and evaporation losses.

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Soil-Grown Cabbage - Nutrient Farm

AUTOMATION CONTROLLERS

Automation provides accuracy and fault tolerance.

The right amount of water is irrigated at the right times, without human error.

MOISTURE MANAGEMENT

Mulching: Applying organic mulch reduces evaporation, maintains soil moisture, and moderates soil temperature.

Cover Crops: Planting cover crops helps retain soil moisture, reduce erosion, and improve soil structure.

No Till Agriculture: Minimizes soil microbiome disturbance, helps retain moisture and reduce evaporation.

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Soil-Grown Cabbage - Nutrient Farm

EFFICIENT LIVESTOCK WATERING

We use waterers that minimize spillage and evaporation.

They are are gravity-fed, use energy-free float-valves and delivery water to the livestock at a more optimal temperature.

This encourages drinking more, which in turn promotes eating more and optimal weight gain.

GREY WATER

We are ready to engineer grey water systems into our construction.  It is permitted by the State, but unfortunately not by the County yet.

If we have the opportunity, Nutrient Farm will work with the County to help codify modern grey-water systems into permittance.

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