Living greens are literally that. Greens that are alive, still connected to their growing source. Our Pete’s Living Greens are sold with their roots intact, which means they last longer and stay fresher.
Let’s just say, a lot longer than other greens. Since our greens are attached to its growing source, Pete’s Living Greens can last 7+ days longer in your refrigerator.
Good question. First, it helps to cut down on food waste, as grocers can keep the produce on the shelf longer, rather than tossing it in the dumpster. People who buy our greens can also keep it longer, meaning less food goes in their trash cans. Second, this process requires less land and less water to maintain the plant’s health. The greens you consume are incredibly nutritious and stay that way longer.
Our living greens thrive in greenhouses that receive abundant sunlight (especially in our
Carpinteria facility). The greenhouses allow us to precisely control the amount of light, so our
lettuce thrives in optimal conditions. In fact, we can manage the levels of light each plant receives with a computer system that monitors the weather. This and the occasional use of artificial lights ensure that our plants are both reliable and healthy, even in unpredictable weather.
Hydroponics, or growing with water systems, allow us to be very green with our greens. Not only do we use much less water than conventional growing in soil, but we can better control the amount of water and mineral nutrients each plant receives.
Our dirt, or in other words, our root ball, is actually certified organic peat moss (no connection to our Pete). Which has more nutrients, is more breathable and is more sustainable than plain old dirt.
Our root ball is made of 100% certified organic peat moss. All nutrients that are used to grow our organic products are certified organic minerals or plant based materials that are OMRI approved for organic production. No manure ever!
Our hydroponic water system uses up to 85% less water than conventional growing. Because we grow in greenhouses, we use much less space, as well (up to 70% less). Even the packaging is sustainable. It is 100% recyclable and shaped to act as a mini greenhouse.
We love lettuce. And we don’t want to hurt the feelings of our fellow lettuce producers. That said, if it’s not connected to its roots, it’s no longer connected to its life-force. AKA… it’s dead. It’s no longer breathing or growing or tasting as it was intended to taste. Living is better then not living. End of story.