Assemblyman Williams Tours Houweling’s Tomato Farm
Assemblymember Das Williams toured Houweling’s Tomatoes recently to learn about the solar-powered farm and its wide range of high-tech, state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable growing practices.
The farm, using 100-percent non-genetically modified seeds, produces some of the tastiest and healthiest tomatoes in the region.
Houweling’s brand tomatoes are grown inside glass-enclosed greenhouses planted in coconut fiber – without soil. The crops produce nearly 110 million pounds of tomatoes every year. The company composts most of its waste.
“It’s amazing to see an environmentally responsible company run a successful business and be stewards of the Earth that we share,” said Williams, D-Santa Barbara. “Houweling’s uses less energy, water and eliminates the need for pesticides and herbicides, which should be the goal of all farmers.”
Houweling’s Tomatoes is a family owned, world-renowned greenhouse tomato grower with facilities in Camarillo and Delta, BC. Casey Houweling left his native Canada 15 years ago to raise tomatoes in Southern California. The company produces enough energy per day to run about 8,800 homes. The high-tech system allows the farm to re-use most of its water and energy, rather than letting it go to waste.
Williams was joined by State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson at Houweling’s Tomatoes.