In order to stay ahead of the curve, Premier Mushrooms has a strategic sustainability program that continuously measures our efforts in reducing our environmental footprint. All resource impacts including: water, solid waste, energy, natural gas and carbon emissions are tracked and monitored. This allows us to anticipate future challenges and develop a deeper understanding of our farm’s resource needs.
Several years ago Premier installed a real time water meter that can trend and graph usage data. This allows us to analyze usage, spot trends and identify new opportunities to save.
In addition to our routine monitoring, by design, Premier is extremely water efficient. All water used in growing and composting is recaptured and reused. To elaborate, it’s collected in a covered pond, and then re-applied to our compost. Not only does this conserve water, but also enhances our composting process. The captured water is rich in good bacteria and microbes, which translates to higher quality growing substrate.
However, water usage on-site is only one of our concerns amidst the current drought. We face other indirect threats resulting from the volatility and availability of raw feed stocks, which are critical to producing a high quality product. Wheat straw is a key component of our composting process, and along with rice, has been greatly impacted by the water shortages. Limited supply poses a huge threat to our entire operation and has led us to seek out potential alternatives for the coming years. Ultimately, the drought affects everyone and understanding its impacts is instrumental in finding a sustainable way forward.
Amidst these growing concerns, Premier is continuously on the lookout for new opportunities to conserve without sacrificing quality. Our goal is to continue making efforts to reduce our footprint and serve as an industry leader in this increasingly volatile climate.