We care about tomorrow, and believe the brightest future comes when we nurture greatness from farm to family.
Responsible Choice® is Stemilt’s sustainability and social responsibility program that launched way back in 1989. The early years of Responsible Choice® focused on environmental initiatives like farming organically and introducing integrated pest management practices to orchards. Today, we make the Responsible Choice® by nurturing. We want our team members and their families to live happy and healthy lives, and enjoy the communities where they live, work, and play. So that’s what we center our efforts around.
As a major employer in Central Washington, we give back to the communities around us. We believe in providing necessities to those that need it most. Each year, our team members rally together and adopt the gift lists for every foster child in our community, giving more than 150 kids in need a gift during the holidays. We’ve helped fund the construction of homeless shelters in the Wenatchee Valley, and have our own Helping Hands program to help Stemilt team members at times of need.
We’re also fruit growers and want the next generation to grow up enjoying our wholesome fruits. We love supporting nutrition, education and activities for kids. From fun runs and soccer seasons, to getting our fresh fruit into more childrens’ hands through regular donations, we believe in nurturing health and activity in our communities.
When it comes to environmental sustainability, Stemilt follows the famous words of our founder Tom Mathison: “We’re only caretakers of the land for a short amount of time, so we must work to leave it as good as we can, or better if we can.” We have a multi-acre compost farm that regenerates our green waste into custom, nutrient-rich fertilizer to fuel the growth of our fruits. We are the leading producer of solar energy in Chelan County, and we have numerous water and energy conservation programs in place so that we protect our natural resources.
Stemilt exists to cultivate people and delight consumers, and our Responsible Choice® program is a big part of seeing that through. We rely on many hands to grow World Famous fruit, and we’re working to build a culture that cultivates excellence within each Stemilt team member. A bright future for our great people builds great teams and makes our business sustainable for future generations.