Almond sustainability based in generations of orchard stewardship.

Orchard Stewardship Incentive

We invest in regenerative practices by offering our farmers financial incentives for their efforts in sustainability.

In 2020, we started offering more money for almonds that came from farms participating in a comprehensive almond sustainability program from the Almond Board of California. To obtain the highest incentive in our Orchard Stewardship Incentive Program, growers must also assess their carbon footprint and achieve Bee Friendly Farming Certification.

  • Blue Diamond Growers has more acres in a sustainability program than any other almond company.
  • By September 2020, more than 30% of Blue Diamond orchard acreage had joined the program.
  • Additionally, approximately 7.5% of all Blue Diamond Growers acreage is Bee Friendly Farming certified.
  • Small, medium and large farms are all well represented in the Orchard Stewardship Incentive Program.

In partnership with:

  • California Almond
  • Bee Friendly Farming

Water Conservation

For over 20 years, Blue Diamond Growers has been committed to water conservation in almond farming.

As a grower-owned cooperative, we share the same concerns that many others have about water usage, and we are committed to being part of the water solution. We pride ourselves on being leaders in agriculture water efficiency and work hand-in-hand with the Almond Board of California to research and invest in ways to become more water-efficient.

  • California almond farms use 33% less water to grow one pound of almonds today than 20 years ago.
  • More than 85% of Blue Diamond almond orchards use efficient micro-irrigation systems.
  • Almonds only use 13% of California agriculture water, even though they account for 20% of farmland.
  • The Orchard Stewardship Incentive Program connects growers with irrigation resources with a goal of reducing almond water use by another 20% by 2025.

Biodiversity & Pollinators

We invest in connecting farmers to resources for planting cover crops and providing resources for pollinators.

Blue Diamond Growers has partnerships with leading honeybee health organizations including Project Apis m. and the Pollinator Partnership. These programs help farmers provide pollinator-friendly biodiversity in and around the orchards and advance bee and pollinator research.

  • 7.5% of our farmer acres are now Bee Friendly Farming Certified.
  • Since 2018, over 100 Blue Diamond farms have grown cover crops on more than 6000 acres through Seeds for Bees.
  • We partner each year with Project Apis M. to sponsor Seeds for Bees, which provides free or low-cost seeds for farmers to plant cover crops for pollinators. This also is a beneficial practice for soil health and preventing climate change.
  • Since 1995, the California almond community has committed $3.7 million through 126 research projects to address the five major factors impacting honey bee health.

In partnership with:

  • Pollinator Partnership
  • Project Apis

Carbon Emissions

We are constantly looking to leaders in the field for ways to reduce our carbon footprint even further.

Like trees in a forest, almond trees use photosynthesis to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and turn it into the components of the wood in the tree. Like a small forest, an almond orchard absorbs carbon from the atmosphere for the 25 year life span of the trees.

  • Research suggests that by turning the trees into wood chips at the end of life and burying the chips in the soil, orchards may be able to attain carbon neutrality.
  • We partner with organizations which help growers plant cover crops for pollinator benefit. A secondary benefit of these plants is increased soil organic matter. Carbon is taken out of the atmosphere and put into the soil.
  • Our manufacturing sites have sustainability teams exploring ways to reduce manufacturing emissions. One project identified will reduce manufacturing emissions by 10% across the company.
  • Blue Diamond is currently quantifying our carbon footprint to better chart a path to carbon-neutrality.

Recycling

We’ve partnered with How2Recycle and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to help guide you in recycling our product containers.

See Recycling instructions