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Harvest is Here

Almond harvest is here! Almond trees are shaking all over the valley and it's officially harvest season. About a week ago we started shaking on our farm.





But before you even start shaking, mowing is the true first sign of harvest. We don't just mow to make the orchard a cleaner environment. Grass could cause harvest equipment to get clogged up and unnecessary debris get stuck with the almonds  Weeds also take vital nutrients and water away from the trees and root system.


Once mowing is done, the orchard is ready for shaking! I like to say we shake the L out of them. Makes sense if you remember where I grew up. In Northern California we say A-MEND, just like salmon. None of that ALL-MEND business. But regardless of what you want to call it, almond shaking is how we get the nuts on the ground.



After we started shaking, the next day we were ready to start sweeping. Sweeping is the process of getting the almonds in nice, clean windrows so they can be picked up. Unfortunately, th…

John Deere Nursery

Being that my son is almost 6 months this post is well over due! When we bought our house almost 5 years ago there was wallpaper in just about every room. Since I'm not an 80 year old women, we took it all out and painted every room. When it came time to paint the 'office' my husband joked to pick a neutral color because this would some day be a baby nursery. We picked yellow  five years ago. But when we found out we were having a boy I told him I wanted a blue room. He wasn't joking, we'd had enough painting and the now nursery was going to stay yellow.
So what theme was I going to pick for my baby boy with a yellow room? Growing up on a farm and marrying a farmer made picking a nursery theme pretty easy to me. I knew it was going to be farm related somehow. Yellow room, farm related, what theme would I choose? John Deere of course!
Looking around on Pinterest and etsy started my JD theme craze. Whoever invented those websites was half genius half devi…

California Water Part 4: Conservation

Our fourth and final part in our California Water series is conservation. We all need to do our part to conserve water. It isn't just one sector of industry, one town, one region of California that needs to cut their water usage. It's the whole state because we are in this together! And it will take the whole state cutting back to make a difference. Agriculture can't do this alone, urban can't do this alone. We all need to cut back. But how?
First, lets look at how much water is used in an average house?
Brush your teeth? - 2 to 5 gallonsWash the car? - 50 gallonsUse the dishwasher? - 8 to 15 gallonsFlush the toilet? - 1.5 to 4 gallons (each flush)Take a shower or bath? - 17 to 24 gallonsRun the washing machine? - 35 to 50 gallons (each load)Watering the lawn? - 180 gallons
That's a lot of water. Think about how often you do these things, your spouse, your children? If you add this usage up, we use a lot of water in a single day. So, how are we being cut bac…