PINES is a Kansas-based grower that does not irrigate. In fact, we seek to protect the Ogallala Aquifer, a vital U.S. water source in western Kansas, which is currently used by farmers throughout Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas to irrigate crops. Approximately 90% of the Ogallala Aquifer’s water is pumped for irrigation, and this once massive underground aquifer is also contaminated with farm chemicals and severely depleted due to irresponsible farming practices. Instead of growing appropriate dry-land crops, they have grown thirsty crops that are appropriate only in areas with adequate rainfall or at least with easily replenished groundwater for irrigation.
Sadly, the Ogallala cannot be recharged. The fossil water of the Ogallala Aquifer will take thousands of years to replenish due to the abuse of these farmers.
PINES is a much different kind of greens producer. Instead of one family engaged in generations of factory farming, Pines is composed of several sincere and committed 100% organic families who never use groundwater for irrigation. They oppose wasting natural resources for short term profits at the expense of the environment and they focus on respect for our planet.