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Bloom and freezing temperatures

It's the most beautiful time of year to be an almond farmer. The buds are blooming and flowers are open everywhere. But as Mother Nature presents herself, no beauty comes without a challenge.



The first full week of February came and it brought with it almond blossoms. Bees were brought in about a week before that. We want the bees to arrive before bloom starts so they can get acclimated with their surroundings. This way when the buds finally open and flowers pop out, the bees know exactly where to go and what to do.

When the bees arrived it was sunny with high 60 degree weather. It was perfect conditions for them to get to work, but the flowers weren't quite ready to pop yet.


Now as full bloom approaches, we have returned to cold weather where the bees don't want to work much during the days. Bees prefer warmer temperatures, so when it's too cold they stay in the hives most of the time. We have had multiple nights of mid to high 20s. Freezing temperatures at night will…
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Why the valley fog is good for farmers

Low clouds, poor visibility, dense ground level fog. This has pretty much described our mornings the last couple of weeks. The Central Valley and especially the southern end that we farm and live in, are quite prone to what is called the Tule Fog.


This Tule fog is created when there is plenty of moisture in the ground, the right temperature and stable atmosphere.  The fog generally appears more after a period of rain and cooler temperatures at night. Our night temperatures the last couple weeks have been in the low 40's, which is pretty cold for us. Mixing these with a few days of rain scattered in, we have had the perfect conditions for fog.


The typical residents of the Central Valley don't generally like the fog. It brings poor visibility of a mile or less, fog delays for surrounding schools, and people not knowing how to drive in the conditions. But farmers in our valley appreciate the fog.




Being home to the top almond producing county, almond farmers need the fog. The f…

Country Christmas

I once again decided this year to participate in the Country Christmas exchange. I participated last year and it was fun to connect with new agriculture advocates. Getting to know other bloggers in the agriculture industry is exciting to see what drives others and how they continue doing it year after year. Helpful tips and tricks of trade help me to continue on this path.



When my package arrived I was so excited. My secret Santa came all the way from Nebraska. Naomi blogs over at Circle L Ranch. She really did her homework and found some great stuff for me.

First off, she gave me a packet of chili seasoning and ladle perfect for dishing out homemade chili. Well in the winter I pretty much make chili about once a week, in fact I made it for dinner last night. Needless to say these have already been put to good use.

Next up, She gave me a great gratitude devotion journal. My 2017 was filled with faith testing life challenges so I really needed this. I've already used the first two w…

The year of Family and Farming

Family and farming. Two of the most important things in my life. Two of the most time consuming things in my life. It should be of no surprise that this is what makes up my most popular blog posts of 2017.


2017 was filled with highs and lows, challenges, a new baby and new leadership duties. This year we welcomed our baby girl, Hazel, into the world. She is the greatest gift of the year, by far. Watching her grow and develop new traits everyday is one of the most rewarding things. Watching her in complete admiration towards her brother and also how much love her brother has for her, makes my heart warm. They truly are the reason I get out of bed every morning. And not just because they are my alarm clock.




Family is why we farm. And we farm for our family. So it was no surprise to me that my #2 and #3 most viewed posts for the year are centered around harvest on our farm. Harvest is in full swing shared the stages we take to get our fields harvest ready. It was a little more challeng…

Get your seat at the table, before you're on the menu

Be engaged, stay active, keep yourself aware. As farmers, we hear it all the time. We need to stay involved and keep ourselves up to date on everything. New regulations, incoming laws, restrictions, tax changes, there is always something that is changing that will affect our business and the way we farm.

If I have heard it once, I have heard it 100 times. "If you don't have a seat at the table, you will be on the menu". Farmers need to stay engaged in conversations outside our choir because if we don't, we will be on the agenda. Think about it. In your personal life, would you rather be present for a critique of your work or be talked about behind your back. I would rather be present to defend myself or to just say my opinion or fact check the story.


I have met many that prefer to just stand back and observe or stay out of the lime light and many times those people have a lot to lose. It may seem like the safe way out. However, if you think you are staying out of i…

Thankful for my health

It's the last week of November and I hope this month of thankfulness doesn't stop. Hopefully you have followed along on my thankful journey and you have enjoyed it.
I am thankful for all of you readers who have played along with me and hope you also have spread your own thankful love and appreciation in your own ways.




Remember to like this post and let me know what you are thankful for. I will pick one thankful person to share some nutty goodness with!


I am thankful for my health.




It's now officially winter and with the colder weather comes the snotty noses and the dry coughs. There is nothing I hate more about the change of weather, then the increase of the cold and flu season. It is nothing a little cough syrup can't cure though.  But besides the head colds that bless our house a few times a year, we are a pretty healthy household. I am very thankful for this.


For some reason it seems harder for me to eat healthier in the winter. The abundance of fresh fruit and v…

Thankful for my food

Happy Thanksgiving!
Today is the reason I introduced a Thankful Thursday Giveaway series.


I wanted to take the real reason for the holiday season and spread it out to make the whole month of November a thankful month.
Every week, I have been posting something I am thankful for and challenging you to think of something you are thankful for. The idea is to appreciate what we have and stop thinking of all the negative that surrounds us. I think we all need to stop and take time to appreciate what we have. So this month, I challenge you all to stop what you are doing and take some time to be thankful and appreciate the world around you.


I ask you to 'like' Almond Girl Jenny Facebook page AND this post AND then comment with something you are thankful for.  I will pick one person each week and send them some 'nutty' cheer to help them spread their happiness.




I am thankful for my food.



It seems fitting that today, the day to be thankful and the day to share in an abundant…