illcrest Orchard works closely with the Oregon State University-Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center and the National Resource Conservation Service to implement more sustainable and environmentally friendly growing practices. The orchard supervisory staff bases pest control and fertilization methods on the plants’ needs and strives for the least detrimental effect on the environment.
Only when absolutely necessary, do we sparingly employ chemical methods, taking care to preserve beneficial and predatory insects, organisms and eco-systems. Hillcrest Orchard was one of the first to convert flood irrigation to sprinkler irrigation to save water, protect the aquifers we share with our neighbors, guard wildlife habitat and lessen soil erosion. Additionally, we plant cover crops to prevent erosion, help build the soil, and create a healthier farm.
Hillcrest Orchard is dedicated to conserving the land for the health of our family, our customers, and our fruit – for now and for future generations.