Environmental Responsibility

A Heritage of Sustainability has contributed to our success


Our vision of environmental responsibility is about respecting and managing the earth's natural resources. We at Joseph Farms invite our friends and customers to adopt a philosophy that has been a guiding force in the way we do business for over 65 years.

Water - conserving our most precious commodity

Water is in the news lately but it has been part of our planning and development for decades. No one can afford to waste water in these times, we are a part of a greater ecosystem. At Joseph Farms we take the water from our own manufacturing operations, as well as those of other local businesses, and recycle it back into use as irrigation for crops.

"I grew up on a farm, enjoying its benefits, and it is important to me that we preserve our natural heritage for generations to come. Sustainable agriculture means we must replenish rather than exhaust our natural resources. What we've created is a business that is both profitable and sustainable. I've always believed in it and we've proven over time that these goals are achievable and that wildlife and agriculture are fully compatible." - Michael Gallo, CEO

Technology turns pollution into power -

Joseph Gallo Farms Methane Digester,
Atwater, California

Turn methane into power - cows generate a tremendous amount of methane each day to the extent that it has become a measurable pollution problem. At Joseph Farms we built the first large-scale methane digesters in California. The system produces bio-gas from our lagoon anaerobic digester. This gas is scrubbed and generates up to 1.6 megawatts of electricity. Also, Waste Heat is captured and used to produce steam that fuel the boilers for the cheese production facility.

Through this process we generate up to 75% of the electricity needed for cheese production and packaging. Not only does this reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, it also improves the air and water quality and produces a truly "green" renewable energy source.

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