Continuing to Improve
With 1,839 acres of lemons throughout California, Limoneira is one of the largest lemon producers in North America. In its history of over a century of operation, the Company has introduced a number of innovations that have added significantly to the citrus industry. Charles Collins Teague arrived at Limoneira in 1893 at the suggestion of his great uncle, Wallace Hardison, a Limoneira co-founder. Teague, eventually became a director of the Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He established a reputation as an astute agriculturalist and developed strategies to overcome problems related to pest disease and control, weather damage and fruit handling. He contacted university agriculture departments to sponsor research, spoke at conferences and contributed to agricultural journals.
He introduced an improved ventilation system in the early nineteen century to eliminate decay to lemons due to the accumulation of moisture. This storage or curing system, known as the “Teague Method” was used exclusively in the industry until air-conditioning became available.
Growing, harvesting and packing continues to evolve at Limoneira. Drones are used to monitor tree health, solar control systems plan irrigation schedules, patented technology utilizing ultraviolet light and plant material cleans waste water, a Tesla project stores solar energy…. And so much more!