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Earthbound Goes to the Smithsonian

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Did you know that our baby greens haven’t been picked by hand since the mid-1990s? Our farmers invented the industry’s first-ever baby lettuce harvester to pick more of the tender leaves in a shorter time.

  • The machine works a lot like a mower, quickly clipping the lettuce leaves as close to the ground as possible and leaving the bottom part of the plant in the soil.
  • In a few weeks, the plant will grow again; we can come back for a second and even a third harvest.

Earthbound's role as an organic farming innovator is part of the new exhibit, Food: Transforming the American Table 1950 to 2000 at the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The exhibit — featuring a photograph of our baby lettuce harvester, invented by Earthbound Farm partner Stan Pura of Mission Ranches — explores the new technologies and social changes that have transformed the way we produce and eat food, as well as what we know (or think we know) about what’s good for us.

Earthbound Farm co-founders Drew and Myra Goodman attended the exhibit’s opening night gala (pictured in front of the display with a photo of our baby lettuce harvester).

We couldn’t provide our tender organic baby greens to millions of people every week without finding new ways to do things. As the first company to successfully bring baby greens to retail, we’ve helped develop a lot of “first” technologies, including salad washers, giant salad spinners and even the new super-fast robots that help pack our shipping boxes today. All so we could share the benefits of healthy, delicious organic food with you.

It takes a lot to grow organic crops: learn more about how we do what we do in Organic 101.

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