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Houweling’s #365Green – Week 2 Wrap-up ‘SIMPLE SOLUTIONS’

San Diego, CA

Every summer, it amazes me how quickly the weeks pass by. Our vines in California and BC are producing more fruit than any other time of year thanks to longer sunny days. Since launching our 365Green contest, it feels like things are moving even faster.

It is inspiring to read the hundreds of sustainability stories being shared via contest entries. What I really like is how simple many of them are; the only cost to put into practice is time and effort.… Read more

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How to Choose the Best Tomatoes

A couple of months ago I posted a blog entitled, What Goes Around, Comes Around. Essentially, I wanted to remind everyone about the increasing need to buy locally-grown fresh produce. Today, I want to re-emphasize the importance of local buying and give you some tips on what to look for when you get to the produce section of your grocery store.

  1. Tomatoes on the vine are usually the freshest tomatoes in the store.
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Not Just the Boss – A surprise Father’s day gift for Casey Houweling

Father & Daughter

Dear Dad,

I want you to know how privileged I am to be working and learning alongside of you.  I never imagined I would have such an incredible person in my life to not only call my boss, but also my father and mentor.  Entering the family business has opened up a new world for me, not only educationally, but as well to better know the man my father is. Growing up, I’ve watched you devote your life to mom and my sisters with never-ending love and support.… Read more

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Is It Safe?

Food Safety

2011 was a year marked by too many produce recalls in Canada and the United States. Because of a Salmonella scare, the year started with the pulling of cilantro from store shelves and ended with a similar recall of Jalapeño and Serrano chili peppers imported from Mexico. In the months between, the public were notified of many other recalls such as Alfalfa Sprouts* (Listeria), Romaine Lettuce** (E. coli), as well as field-grown “organic” grape tomatoes*** from Mexico (Salmonella) and more have continued in 2012.Read more

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