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One Man's Trash

If I learned, one thing about growing up on a farm and marrying a farmer, it would be farmers are very resourceful. It seems like every time my Mom would throw something out of the littlest use, it always ended up in my Dad's shop. He seems to think that there would be a need for it someday or that would be able to tinker with it to find a need it for later.

That all came in handy a month or so ago when we up at my mom's house, we noticed a stray kitten wandering around the acreage. My parents hadn't had a cat for over 10 years. The last dog had to be put down a year ago. But sure enough, we went in the shop and there was a cat food bowl and water bowls, too. We even found some old dog bones, which our dog at home was very happy about.


My husband and I had been talking about getting chickens soon. We always had them growing up but it had been 20 years or so since the chicken house was tore down and the chickens all disappeared. I was wondering through my Dad's shop a f…

Happy Valentine's Day- Let's thank a farmer!

Many people think of Valentine's Day as a romantic, gushy holiday. While some of you may be dreading today because you may not have a lover, or you may be waiting at the door for the flower delivery truck, others are working hard to delivery you those roses on time. From a person who worked as a florist through college, it is nice to be on the receiving end instead of the arranging end.

But did you ever look at Valentine's Day from a rose farmers perspective? Rose growers are farmers too, just maybe ones who don't pop in our minds as often. Kern County and more specifically Wasco, produces the largest amount of roses in the United States. Wasco grows garden roses and one of the biggest garden rose companies is right here in my backyard. Rose plants, trees and transplants can be seen along Highway 46 and 43 which runs through the town. Roses used to be one of the biggest agriculture crops in Wasco, but now you wont be able to spot as many as years ago. Roses are becoming harder and harder to grow in Kern County. With land prices rising and water as scarce as it is, farmers are turning to more high dollar crops that give them a larger return on their investments.

I am thankful for my amazing husband and the roses he sent me today. But we also have to remember and thank the farmer who grew the roses! So next time you think twice about what to buy for Valentine's Day, support a farmer and buy roses!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

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