6 ways our partners practice sustainable farming

6 ways our partners practice sustainable farming

At Subway® restaurants, preserving the planet is a major part of our social responsibility plan. From using recycled materials in our paper and plastic products to the new responsible Subway restaurant design, sustainability is key.

That's especially true when it comes to our partnerships with farms and produce suppliers. Take a look at how some of them are changing the face of farming.

Windset Farms

Windset Farms (pictured above) in British Columbia is a Subway partner that grows cucumbers in greenhouses. This family-owned company has several sustainable agriculture programs in place, including a state-of-the-art water treatment system for irrigation drain water, which is collected, filtered, treated, and recirculated back to the plants.

Energy is conserved by using thermal screens to keep greenhouses warm, and a one-megawatt rooftop solar system generates renewable energy. Also, 100 percent of the carbon dioxide generated from a boiler is collected and fed to the plants, which increases photosynthesis.

Taylor Farms

Taylor Farms in Salinas Valley, California A towering 392-foot wind turbine helps power a processing facility at Taylor Farms in Salinas Valley, California. (Photo: Taylor Farms)

Based in California's Salinas Valley, Taylor Farms has been a Subway partner for more than 20 years. Founder Bruce Taylor is the third generation of his family to work in the fresh produce business.

A towering 392-foot wind turbine helps power the processing facility. Depending on wind flow and speed, the turbine’s blades can spin up to 20 rotations per minute to supply up to one megawatt of power — enough to provide electricity to about 750 homes at once.

In addition, 2,250 solar panels were installed on the roof of Taylor Farms' processing facility. The energy from the panels will help power the plant with one million kilowatt-hours every year.

Dalena Farms

The highlight of sustainable farming at Dalena Farms is a water management plan that sustains the entire operation with two reservoirs, several wells, and an irrigation system. The plan is vital because of the farm's location in California’s Central Valley, which often faces water shortages.

In partnership with seed companies, Dalena Farms grows trial varieties of onions which are less susceptible to disease. Reducing the amount of plants lost to diseases helps to preserve natural resources.

Dalena Farms supplies red onions for Subway from May through September. This family-owned farm has been in business for more than 30 years.

Procacci Brothers

Procacci Brothers' solar panels in Cedarville, New Jersey Procacci Brothers has a two-megawatt solar panel system in Cedarville, New Jersey. (Photo: Procacci Brothers)

Procacci Brothers supplies tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers to Subway Restaurants in the Northeast U.S. At the company's packing plant in Cedarville, New Jersey, a two-megawatt solar panel system supplies power to 191,250 square feet of production facilities.

Over their 35-year life expectancy, the panels will provide the equivalent carbon dioxide reduction of planting more than 261,000 trees.

Kruger Foods

Kruger Foods in Stockton, California, is the first fully sustainably powered pickle and pepper facility in the world.

Rooftop solar panels power the processing plant, and solar thermal panels are used to preheat water for the broiler system, thereby reducing the facility’s use of propane.

This family-owned business supplies pickles, jalapenos, and banana peppers to many Subway Restaurants in North America.

River Point Farms

River Point Farms uses an irrigation technique called center pivot irrigation to reduce water consumption. River Point Farms uses irrigation techniques that reduce water consumption. (Photo: River Point Farms/Facebook)

River Point Farms in Oregon has been a Subway partner for 15 years and supplies more than 70 percent of North American Subway Restaurants with red onions.

The company uses an irrigation technique called center pivot irrigation combined with low-pressure water sprays, which has helped reduce water consumption by about 50 percent.