Since 2003, Our family-owned nursery and Garden Center has served our local markets and communities growing ornamental, exotics and native plants. Our mission is to serve our customers by offering the finest and healthiest selections of indoor and outdoor plants, while remaining environmentally responsible through sustainable farming practices. We achieve this through growing practices based primarily on natural processes. We are constantly reviewing and refining our methods to ensure we are using the safest and most effective practices that align with mother nature.
Eureka Farms grows over 100 varieties of indoor and outdoor foliage, ranging from the exotic and rare, to the most abundant and widely used. Every plant is nurtured to grow healthy and strong to provide the quality that of our customers demand. We offer details about each plant specifications and make recommendations on every plant we sell, from plant care, lighting requirements, potting, fertilizing and more. We ship healthy plants with well-developed root systems in their containers, we also aim to provide a safe and enjoyable workplace for our employees, and to ensure our clients have a pleasurable experience.
We constantly seek Improvements and Benefits in our Process.
We mean green, we aim to improve our growing practices constantly by establishing innovative, environmentally friendly and durable practices. We do not use restricted-use chemicals at any stage of the growing process. We utilize our own blend of potting mixes - an important part of this blend is achieved by utilizing specific tree trimming mulch, organic matter which undergoes a process of organic matter composting. This process not only reduces off-site landfill excess but also decreases our overall water usage, increases soil moisture retention, and greatly improves soil richness and fertility for many years to come. We are energy efficient, we recycle and we work very hard to protect our environment.
We save thousands of gallons of water every year by using potting mixes that are rich in organic matter through composting. Correct potting mixes allow our growers to drastically reduced use of water and as a byproduct, excessive leaching of fertilizer runoff, allows the soil to retain the nutrients longer.
Another way we conserve water is to constantly monitor water needs. Plant growers monitor temperature and wind conditions daily in order to determine the most effective means of irrigating plants. Growers are trained to know how much water to use for specific plants based on climate conditions and weather patterns. We also use micro-irrigation, also known as drip systems, to cut water use and manage diseases on certain crops. Micro-irrigation directs the water to the soil of the plant and prevents the wetting of the plant foliage. Correct irrigation process not only saves water, but also promotes healthy plant growth and reduces the incidence of plant disease such as fungal and bacterial infections, and greatly reduces the need for chemical applications.
Reduction of Pesticide use
The use of beneficial insects to manage pests, in addition to water conservation reduction or chemical use, is achieved by using beneficial insects (depending on the seasons of the year). By understanding insect behaviors as a form of prevention it allows us to use beneficial insects, which add the necessary protection in order to prevent infestations which may require the use of chemicals to eliminate the remaining pests.
By establishing environmentally and durable practices we are able to grow plants more responsibly. Another plus is the use of MYCORRHIZAE, which is a group of beneficial organisms found in nature that grow along the roots of host plants, assisting in the process of making the plant much more efficient in the uptake of nutrients and water, creating healthier roots the way nature does. This naturally occurring organism is responsible for the absorbing capacity of nutrients by as much as 100 times. Mycorrhizae can help reduce transplant shock, stress from drought, soil-borne diseases, reduce water usage and the reliance on fertilizers during the composting process as well.
We are constantly working and reviewing our methods to make sure we are using the most effective forms of recycling. Our pots and shipping materials are sourced from recyclable suppliers and can be recycled again at some point during their journey to our clients. Presently about 60 percent of our pots can easily be recycled through municipal recycling services, and our shipping materials are also fully recycle products.