Broetje Orchards, WA (First Fruits of Washington)
Privately owned: Ralph Broetje – largest privately owned orchards in the US
Jurisdiction: B’s is a single grower
Varietal apples, cherries
Of 5000 total acres of orchards, 550 acres are certified organic
Certified safe "seed to table"
SQF (Safe Quality Food) certified for packing/warehousing and farming operation
PurFresh (purifies, protects, preserves) Program
Implemented use of PurFresh Technologies’ wash and storage solutions – reduces use of chemicals in processing and overall environmental impact
Organic acreage is "isolated from pest pressure"
Avoids use of chemicals or environmentally harmful products
Stewards of labor force and the land – protect the worker’s environment
Fair Trade: Yes
Committed to sustainability – converted arid wasteland into worker’s housing, day care center and school
75% profits are donated to Christian charities