California Almond Sustainability Program
Sustainability is about ensuring that people, profit and the planet are all considered while conducting daily business. A definition of sustainability specific to almonds based on this basic definition was developed with almond growers and handlers in 2005, and subsequently adopted by the Board of Directors of the Almond Board of California. It reads: Sustainable almond farming utilizes production practices that are economically viable and are based upon scientific research, common sense and a respect for the environment, neighbors and employees. The result is a plentiful, nutritious and safe food product.
Buyers and consumers are driving sustainability by asking for evidence that California Almonds are grown and processed with sustainable practices. And growers, huller/shellers and handlers are responding by assessing management practices through the California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP).
Through the CASP online portal, SustainableAlmondGrowing.org, growers and processors can complete self-assessment modules and learn about alternative and best management practices. Of the eight modules, six address management issues for huller/shellers and handlers as well as growers.
CASP modules are designed to document your management practices while providing an opportunity to verify that your activities are up-to-date, practical, efficient and sustainable.
The modules are:
- Irrigation Management
- Nutrient Management
- Energy Efficiency
- Air Quality
- Pest Management
- Financial Management
- Ecosystem Management
- Workplace and Communities
Of these modules, only Irrigation Management and Nutrient Management are specific to almond production.
How Do I Participate?
Go to SustainableAlmondGrowing.org:
- If you already have an account, sign in using your credentials, or click on “I forgot” (next to “Username”) and/or click on “I forgot” (next to “Password”) to retrieve them.
- For new users, click on “Create Account” and fill in the form to receive a username and password.
With your credentials, log in to the site to begin using the tools, filling in the modules and telling your story.
This service is free and secure. The data you enter is saved for you to update as needed, but never shared. Data from the self-assessment modules is only reported in aggregate to document industry-wide management practices.
What You Will Find
In addition to the eight modules, SustainableAlmondGrowing.org features a series of productivity tools for growers. Please see the Grower Sustainability page at Almonds.com/Growers for more information.
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