How Frank Stays Chemical Fertilizer-Free
Most olive growers use chemicals to fertilize their trees.
The Trouble with Chemicals
These chemicals pollute our rivers, oceans and drinking water. They kill fish and find their way into our bodies.
And they leave a heavy carbon footprint. They’re made from fossil fuel and, because making them is energy-intensive, they require even more fossil fuel to produce.
How Frank Grows Without Synthetic Fertilizers
But Frank’s growers don’t use synthetic fertilizers.
Let Jose Manuel tell you how he grows Frank without fossil fuel fertilizers:
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Instead, Frank’s growers use three natural methods to keep Frank’s olives healthy:
1. Manure. Cattle, sheep and horses naturally provide the nutrients Frank needs, without using fossil fuel.
Manure may sound gross, but it’s great for the soil: It adds organic matter that helps plants thrive, and makes a great home for earthworms and other beneficial organisms that break down soil and make its nutrients available to the olive trees. That makes manure good for Frank. Which makes it good for you.
2. Beneficial crops. Olive trees aren’t the only things that grow in Frank’s orchards.
Between the trees you’ll see other crops: grains, grasses and clovers, from fescue, brome and ryegrass to barley oat and clover, from bell beans, fava beans and vetch to field peas and fenugreek.
Where do Frank’s growers find these plants? Simple: They grow naturally in Frank’s groves, and Frank’s growers leave them there.
Why? These crops help give Frank the nutrition Frank needs. Clover and beans pull nitrogen from the air and add it to the soil. Grains and grasses get plowed into the soil at the end of the season, adding organic material. This makes Frank’s soil rich in nutrients and better able to hold water.
Why use synthetic fertilizers when nature does the job for you?
3. Boron, magnesium and other micronutrients. We know plants need nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to survive. But they also need very small amounts of other nutrients that plants withdraw from the soil over time.
Beans and clovers can’t put all these minerals back the soil.
And mulch and manure can’t always, either. So from time to time, Frank’s growers use mineral supplements: boron and magnesium.
We’re not crazy about where these supplements come from. They have to be mined. That’s an energy-intensive process. And they have to be transported from the mines to Frank’s orchards. Another energy-intensive process. Another reason why Frank gives five percent of all profits to environmental causes.
But the good news about these supplements is, they’re natural. This helps keep Frank synthetic-fertilizer-free.
Help keep chemicals off of our land and out of our food, and take Frank home today!
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