Optimal climate conditions provides our produce fields in Florida almost year round growth activity. In Delaware, our fields yield seasonally with alternative reliance on controlled nursery methods, when necessary. Both locations employ drip irrigation systems for optimal water conservation, GPS navigation for spraying and fertilization equipment to expedite production, and severe weather preparedness and emergency action plans that allow our farmers to anticipate and initiate control systems to avoid threats that may disturb, damage or destroy our fields.
Oakes Farms cultivates many varieties of fruits and vegetables on over 500 acres of conventional farmland and over 20 acres of certified organic fields.
Oakes Farms greenhouse farming is a versatile tool in the company’s overall agribusiness portfolio. With access to several greenhouses, our farmers can narrow or extend the harvest season of many fruits and vegetables. Greenhouses are also an ideal environment for seedlings and short-run crops. And because of the controlled environment within a greenhouse, we can reduce pests and eliminate many disease issues.
Take a look at what’s growing in our greenhouses in the Gallery at right.
Aquaponic fish farming provides an all-natural habitat where fish are free from predators, pesticides and pollution. Oakes currently raises protein rich tilapia and is expanding this process by incorporating aquaponic plants to grow lettuces and herbs. Essentially, this will create a new ecosystem wherein the fish provide nutrients to the plants and the plants keep the water clean for the fish. This controlled ecosystem will allow Oakes Farms to grow highly nutritious vegetables along with happy and tasty fish.
See what’s swimming in our fisheries in the Gallery at right.