NORPAC Foods, Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative of family farms representing over 200 growers on more than 40,000 aces of land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, has continuously worked to improve farming and food processing practices since its inception in 1924. NORPAC products have always been fresh and of the highest quality because they are harvested and processed locally, so that fruits and vegetables can be picked and packed in less than four hours. We have found that the benefits for locally produced crops show in more than just the quality of out products – local farms and processing plants keep our environmental footprint small, too. Our farmers formed the NORPAC Stewardship Task Force in 2002 to put even more environmental and efficiency programs in place. The task force’s purpose is to define and communicate NORPAC’s collective commitment to sustainable agricultural practices and establish a process of third-party certification of stewardship practices.