Tierra Farms Valatie, NY
Tierra Farm is a certified-organic, employee-owned manufacturer and distributor of nuts and dried fruits, located 20 miles south of Albany, New York. They started as a diversified organic vegetable farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York and added organic nuts and dried fruit to their operations in 1999 as a way to generate income in the slower winter months. Today the business centers around the fruit and nuts but the diversified farm is still in operation. Tierra Farm cultivates strong relationships with the best organic farmers in the world, purchasing nuts, seeds, and dried fruit directly from farms. Their core philosophy is similar to the concept that the best-quality milk comes from cows that are well tended to; the best-quality snacks come from great organic farms, and are processed by happy, healthy, positive employees. Tierra Farm is a farmer-friendly business which buys and sells products at prices that are fair to the farmer, as well as the end consumer, while focussing on high quality.Tierra Farm products are made without added oils or refined sugars in a peanut-free facility where they dry roast and flavor nuts and seeds, blend trail mixes, grind butter, cover nuts and fruits in chocolate, and roast fair-trade coffee. Everything is made in small, hand-crafted batches for freshness and all products are gluten-free, peanut-free, and kosher and Tierra Farm chocolate and coffee are certified fair trade. Tierra Farm handles only certified-organic products which are grown without synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms, or chemical fertilizers. This sustains biodiversity, conserves fresh water, and enhances the soil. They generate over 70% of their electricity from solar panels and recycle over 60% of their waste. Products are shipped in boxes made from recycled cardboard and their deli cup containers are made from over 50% recycled material—both are recyclable after use.