California strawberry farmers grow more organic berries than anywhere else in the world, including the other forty-nine states combined. In fact, one in four strawberry farmers in California grow both conventional and organic berries.
But it’s not just organic farmers using these practices. Conventional growers also include some organic farming methods into their operations. Some of these techniques include:
Strawberry farmers are leaders in resource conservation, such as water use, as early adopters of drip irrigation.
One acre of strawberries requires less water than an acre of homes in Los Angeles.
The California Strawberry Commission continues to provide millions of dollars for crop research, always striving for better, more sustainable farming. California strawberry farmers lead the world in environmental research dedicated to reducing pesticide use.
2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the Strawberry Center, a partnership between the California Strawberry Commission and Cal Poly. Initially focused on soilborne pathogens and soil fumigation alternatives, the Center continues to increase the sustainability of the California strawberry industry through research and education that addresses industry needs.
In 2022, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation awarded Dr. John Lin, the Strawberry Center’s Automation program director, a grant aimed at promoting the understanding and adoption of UV-C light technology by California’s strawberry growers.