Battlefield Farms in Rapidan, VA, which has been working with MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) since 2010, recently announced it obtained MPS-GAP certification this past November. As an MPS-A certified grower, the company is now ready to take things to the next level, according to Travis Higginbotham, Director of Research and Business Development at Battlefield Farms.
With the increasing requirements of retailers on use of chemicals, and the growing attention to production circumstances, MPS-GAP is a perfect fit for Battlefield Farms, Higginbotham says.
“We wanted to stay accountable in regard to process efficiency and improve reducing our environmental impact,” Higginbotham says. “Battlefield Farms does not want to go one year without improving. With every single process, from step one to done, realized and acknowledged, you can make practical, economic, environmental, and cultural changes that end up having a significant positive impact.”
Since 2016 Battlefield Farms, which grows perennials and annuals on a total of 45 acres of greenhouse and 27 acres of outdoor/shade area, has been working with MPS to implement the MPS-GAP requirements.
In 2017, Battlefield Farms was #30 on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers list, with nearly 2 million square feet of environmentally controlled production.
With the focus of MPS-GAP on these aspects, that goal has been achieved.
“However, even with certification, things will not stop for Battlefield,” Higginbotham says. “We are already looking where further improvements can take place in 2018.”