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Sticks, leaves and dirt...OH MY!

Almonds are harvested off a tree, where we shake them on the ground. Then they are swept into rows and picked up. Sounds like a fairly easy and simply process but there are a lot of moving parts with several steps and processes along the way.


If you start with shaking a tree, the vibrations don't just knock the almonds off the tree but of course any loose sticks or leaves will also fall too. This could cause a problem when it comes to sweeping the nuts. The sticks could get caught in the sweeper brushes and maybe even get caught up in the irrigation hoses.


Once the nuts are in the rows and the harvester is set to run through to pick up the almonds, those sticks could be troublesome again. The harvester will generally have to run at a slower speed through the field as to allow for the sticks to not get caught up in the series of belts that carry the almonds up. When the harvester empties the almonds into the shuttle cart and further on the elevator, sticks can clog up belts and c…

Blog Anniversary!

One year ago today, I started this blog. Wow, I can't believe it's been a year already since I started this journey! Time sure has flown by and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have learned a lot over the last year about blogging, who follows me, what to write about, and even our very own farm. I continue to learn as well from you guys out there and I do have to admit that I have loved every moment!
Keep enjoying the beauty!

I have learned that my thoughts are most definitely not that only way of doing things. I need to always keep an open mind. It is important to give my perspective but to also think of how my words may come off to someone else. I have learned to always hear the other person out.

I have learned that things I think of as normal farming practices may be totally unknown to others. It has been eye opening for me to share the smallest happenings on our farm and to get comments from others on how I have educated them. It has taught me to not be afraid to share our story.

I have learned to not be afraid to try something new and fail. When I am researching new recipes or things to try for the blog, there have been some epic fails along the way. But hey, I'm learning at this too. I have learned to try something new and if it doesn't work to revamp and try again, or sometimes just to give up! But it has been fun to test myself as well and see what I'm capable of.

Over the past year I have shared with you the challenges, the struggles and the rewarding moments of our farm and life. You have been by our side as we received a zero allocation of water, when we planted new trees on the farm, during the beauty of bloom, when we harvested our crop and when we announced we were expecting our new little almond farmer.


Thanks from the Almond Girl and her almond farmer
Looking forward to the next year, I am of course most excited for the arrival of our little almond farmer next month, but there will be plenty of unknowns to share in.  We will also have new adventures on the farm to share and new struggles with farming in California. Wherever the next year takes me, you guys will be right along side sharing in the adventure with us. So thanks for reading, thanks for following us and thanks for supporting me on this journey. Without you great followers, there would be no Almond Girl!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

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