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ZZ Foods / Zacca Hummus
Contact: Janine Zacca Zenner
Address: 5033 E. Sagewood Dr. Boise, ID, 83716
Email Address: zbesthummus@q.com
Phone: 208-850-6782
About Us
Our main ingredient, chickpeas or garbanzo beans, is provided by the Zenner Family Farms, of Genesee, Idaho. Their third generation farm is dedicated to sustainable agriculture and is the first farm in Idaho to become Food Alliance certified. They are passionate about improving the inherent productive capabilities of the soil and are committed to improving the nutritional value of the food produced from their farm through sustainable practices. The traditional Mediterranean hummus recipe has been a Zacca family specialty for many generations. With the superior quality chickpeas and authentic recipe we believe it is a better tasting hummus spread than existing products in the market place. Our products are naturally Gluten Free, GMO free and we do not use artificial preservatives or any added OILS.
Practices
By the year 2000, 100% of the farm had transitioned to a direct seed cropping system. They decided to pursue a Food Alliance certification because the weed control needs in the cropping systems that work in this region required more tillage if herbicides were eliminated. The conclusion was that tillage is the most serious threat to sustainable food production on the highly erodible soils of this region. During the last 11 years of direct seeding they have achieved a steady improvement in the soil organic matter of the fields. They are continually looking at methods to minimize reliance on manmade nitrogen for grain production and to minimize the use of pesticides for weed, insect, and disease control. By Direct Seed Farming methods, They Zenner Family farms produce crops in a manner that dramatically reduced tillage. They hoped to achieve a crop production system that would improve soil organic matter levels, and the water quality of streams that ran through the farm. Also, they would improve the air quality with less tillage, less wind erosion, and eventually improve the nutrient density of the food produced on these soils because of a healthier soil biology. The determination to eliminate nearly all tillage led them through a process over time that slowly eliminated tillage. This added more diversity to the crop rotation to help deal with disease, weed, and insect challenges that were all part of the cropping system change. As they slowly worked their way to a no till or direct seed cropping system, they continually are looking at practices that would minimize the amount of manmade chemistry they apply to their land and crops.