Valley Fig Growers’ cooperative members are dedicated to bringing the best possible California Figs from their orchards to consumer’s tables. Our product line includes organic California figs and organic California fig products such as paste, concentrate, and diced figs.
Our processing plant in Fresno, California and our California figs have been certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) organization. CCOF helped plant the seeds that grew the organic movement into an industry. Funded in 1973, CCOF was the first organization to certify organic farms in North America. CCOF set uniform guidelines and worked to legally define organic.
CCOF only certifies farmers, processors, retailers and wholesalers who comply with their industry-setting standards and those required by state and national law. Their inspectors examine the crops, the land, the facilities, the process and the paperwork of applicants and members. CCOF’s inspection reports are then reviewed by two different groups of experts.
Our California figs and fig products adhere to the stringent requirements of the CCOF and are labeled accordingly: “Organically grown and processed in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990. Certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).”
Valley Fig Growers Digester
Valley Fig Growers’ digester demonstrates technologically advanced anaerobic digestion as a cost effective method for treating food processing wastewater. The digester reduces the concentration of the high strength wastewater sent to the City of Fresno’s sewer system, thus reducing Valley Fig Grower’s wastewater disposal fees.
By reducing wastewater strength 70 to 80 percent with the digester, Valley Fig Growers is freeing up capacity for other users equivalent to 2,500 homes. The digester produces biogas, a clean-burning, renewable fuel that is captured, pressurized, and used in burners providing hot water to the plant.
Valley Fig Growers Continues On A Greener Path with Solar Panel Installation
Fresno, CA (June, 2013) – Valley Fig Growers is proud to announce the planned installation of a solar array of photovoltaic panels that will generate 60 percent of our electrical needs and reduce our carbon footprint.
Always interested in exploring ways to reduce costs and move towards a greener energy producing system, we will be working with JKB Energy. JKB Energy proposed a system which would generate 60% of our electrical needs and breakeven in today's dollars. With anticipated electrical cost inflation factored in, we will reduce costs substantially over the next 10 years.
The project was presented to the board of directors and they approved $1.4 million to purchase a 625 kW photovoltaic electrical generation system from JKB Energy. The system will be financed and leased through Farm Credit Leasing.
These panels will be installed on the roof of all warehouse buildings. Construction will be completed within 100 days of the start date.
“This system married with the process water anaerobic digester we completed several years ago will make Valley Fig Growers a model for other California food processors and will keep us on the cutting edge of the sustainability movement,” says Mike Emigh, outgoing President of Valley Fig Growers. “Contrary to Kermit's standard line,” Mr. Emigh says, "It's easy to be green.”