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Perspective

Walking into a situation where you know you are most likely the outsider, the one with the differing opinion, is not easy. It is something I am not very good at. But in all honesty, these situations can often times be the most rewarding. Putting yourself out there is vulnerable. Something that is not comfortable. There is a reason it is called stepping outside your comfort zone, because it is not comfy. That comfort zone can often times hold you back. Can keep you from experiencing some pretty awesome things.

As an agriculture advocate and 4th generation California farmer, I find myself at conferences and workshops quite frequently. Most of the time, they are sponsored or put on by agriculture organizations or support businesses. I attend with the objective to learn more about my industry and ways to better our business or my leadership skills.

But what perspective is that giving us? I am learning more about my industry but through the lens of like minded people. What if we started to…

Christmas in Chico

In my household, Christmas is a time for family, friends and faith.  I was able to go to my hometown of Chico, Ca for the holidays and spend time with my family. On Christmas morning we woke to a white Christmas! Well, for the Northern Sacramento Valley we consider a white Christmas frost. There was a pretty white frost layer on the orchard floor on Christmas morning.

My parents homestead walnut field
My sister's walnut orchard on Christmas morning
My family lives in the middle of a walnut orchard now. In the winter, they just look like giant sticks! In Northern California, a lot of the farmers have started planting walnuts and not as many almonds. Walnuts aren't as susceptible to frost damage due to the cold weather that comes with Northern California. Walnuts also generally require less inputs and man power then almonds. If you drive up highway 99 north of Sacramento you will see more and more walnuts being planted for these reasons.What can I say we are all just nutty!

I have to tell you I was very blessed this Christmas season. I was able to spend almost a week with my family, which is quite rare for me. We ate lots of good food, drank some local wine and best of all enjoyed the company of friends and family alike. Christmas is always a time to look back on how you have been blessed throughout the year. In the past year, our family and friends filled our calendars with weddings, babies, engagements, parties and so much more.  All in all, it's been a fruitful year and I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for us.....

Merry Christmas from the Almond Girl!
Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

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  1. I've learned a lot about almonds from reading your interesting blog posts. Keep up the good work! I got to know your parents fairly well 25 years ago when I lived in Chico, and your father took me on more than one tour of the orchards, so I can picture what you describe here fairly well. Also all those family members, many of whom I remember too--you've got a tremendous family there! The only thing I can't picture is walnut trees around your house--they were all almond trees back then as I recall. Please give my regards to your wonderful parents. They'll remember me if you mention my name: Mark.

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