Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Announces New Green Initiative

December 15, 2009

MORGAN HILL, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. announced today the launch of its new “Green Initiative.” In its inaugural year participating in the Comverge energy management program, Monterey Mushrooms, Inc.’s Morgan Hill Farm has already saved thousands of precious kilowatt hours (KWH), easing pressure on the local Santa Clara county energy grid and earning them a monetary rebate check which will be presented Friday December 18, 2009 by their Comverge representative. A total of 2732 KWH were saved between May 1 and October 31 of 2009 — the equivalent energy of 15 average households’ use on a monthly basis. More importantly, MMI helped reduce the risk of area blackouts when energy demand is high. “It just makes sense to create a more sustainable organization and to be a forward-thinking steward in our community,” says Matt Barreras, General Manager of Monterey Mushrooms’ Morgan Hill farm. Barreras, who calls Morgan Hill his home town, is proud to be a part of Monterey Mushrooms’ new green initiatives and the Comverge program.

The Comverge program, which takes the farm ‘off the grid’ during peak energy usage times, provides PG&E flexibility with energy allotments. The Monterey Mushrooms farm on Hale Avenue has been growing mushrooms in Santa Clara County for over 21 years and is determined to become a “good neighbor” by being environmentally conscious and being able to divert electricity during peak hours when residents need it most, avoiding hazardous blackouts and electrical shutdowns.

Participation in the Comverge Clean Energy Network–California program is just part of Monterey Mushrooms’ renewed efforts to ‘Go Green.’ The Monterey Mushrooms Morgan Hill farm has initiated several exciting programs in a concerted effort to reduce the company’s energy usage and create a more sustainable agricultural organization. Other green efforts include a compost recycle program which takes the media used to grow their mushrooms — nutrient-rich compost — and uses it to amend the soil for local farmers as a natural fertilizer. Also, to reduce mileage mushrooms travel, the farm will be launching a “buy local” campaign by participating in local farmers markets. “It’s a great way for us to get more involved in our community and promote ‘buying local’,” says Barreras. “Many of our neighbors don’t even know we’re here.” Look for Monterey Mushrooms starting this January at your local farmers market.

About Monterey Mushrooms, Inc.

Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. is a private agricultural company based in Watsonville, CA with regional and national farming operations. Established in 1971, Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. is the largest grower/shipper and the only national marketer of fresh mushrooms in the United States. The company markets a full line of fresh, canned and frozen mushroom products. Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. endeavors to be a part of the “green” solution, not a part of the problem. Think mushrooms. Think Monterey!

For more information about Monterey Mushrooms, please visit montereymushrooms.com.

    Nicole Bellemare or Dawn Barreras
    One Umbrella Marketing
    (831) 206-3296

    Matt Barreras
    Monterey Mushrooms Morgan Hill Farms, GM

SOURCE Monterey Mushrooms, Inc.

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