At Little Leaf Farms, sustainability has been built in at the design level. We have carefully developed sustainable growing practices over time, and are constantly working on lowering our environmental impact. We believe that cost-efficient growing and environmentally sustainable practices can work together, and this belief drives us everyday.
We collect all of the rain that falls on our roof, and reuse it to grow our crispy greens. Our greens are grown hydroponically using 100% captured rainwater; therefore, we rarely tap into our groundwater reserves. Furthermore, we use an advanced fertilization and irrigation system that uses 90% less water than field-grown greens.
We use a natural gas-powered heating system that operates with over 95% efficiency. In addition, our heating system is designed to capture CO2 and use it to optimize plant development. Lettuce needs CO2, so instead of releasing it into the environment we feed it to our plants! Finally, a significant portion of our electricity is generated from local solar panels.
Our greenhouse is built to maximize the use of natural sunlight. We use the best glass in the world in our greenhouse, allowing full use of carbon-free natural sunlight. Due to low-light conditions during the winter, we supplement the natural light with LED-powered grow lights. LED lights consume 40% less electricity than conventional grow lights. This ensures consistent production through the winter months, while conserving energy.
98% of lettuce in the U.S is grown in California and Arizona. The lettuce in our New England stores is shipped over 3,000 miles, sacrificing freshness and fuel each day it spends on a truck. Little Leaf Farms delivers our greens to stores within a day’s drive – maximizing freshness and minimizing our impact on the environment. Our lettuce is not only fresher, but it’s also better for our planet.
We understand the importance of reducing plastic use, and we’re actively working on packaging options that use less plastic than our current clamshells. In the meantime, here’s what we’re doing right now to keep plastic out of landfills.
Our baby greens are the safest, most nutritious, and best tasting product in your local store. We have developed a unique production system that ensures our greens are Clean From the Start™. What does that mean? Let us tell you more…
By using a specially designed growing system, our baby greens are seeded, grown, cut and packaged without being touched by human hands. When comparing our growing and harvesting methods to field-grown greens, you’ll understand why theirs say “Triple-Washed” and ours are Clean From the Start!™
At Little Leaf Farms, our greens are never treated with chemical pesticides. Our greenhouse uses a state-of-the-art biological control system to manage pests and provide our consumers with products free of any pesticide residue.
Our seeds are naturally developed and do not contain any genetically modified materials.
Chemical and Pathogen-Free
Due to our clean growing technology, we do not have to triple wash our lettuce. Our baby leaves never come into contact with chlorine-based cleaners or other chemical washing agents often used in triple washing systems. We are chemical and pathogen free, giving you peace of mind when enjoying our fresh greens!
Quality and Safety
Our growing system is managed through a Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) program, focusing on food safety throughout our growing process. Our program uses practices developed by world leading food safety experts, ensuring a safe and delicious product!