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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…

Shake, Rattle and Roll

It's time to shake, rattle and roll on the farm! It's officially almond harvest time and that means we are busy, busy getting everything moving. We have waited all year for these next couple months. Although we don't have as much of a crop on the trees as we would like, we are happy to have a crop to be harvesting. With the drought this year, our trees are water stressed causing them to be early. Our crop is usually harvested beginning or middle of August and for the second year in a row we started July 28th! The trees are ready to go early because they haven't had enough water and it forced their crop to come off early.

On Monday, we started mowing the orchards clean of weeds and debris off the orchard floor.  You need a clean floor for the nuts to have space to dry out. When we picked up the nuts, we don't want to pick up a lot of weeds or debris with them or else we get marked down at the huller.

On Tuesday, we started shaking! Shaking is the most exciting part …

The calm before the storm

I've been quiet in the social media and blogging world over the last couple months. I do have a good excuse though. Our family has taken some much needed vacations! We call it the calm before the storm. Our chance to unwind, relax and take in the views. All before the storm of harvest is about to begin this week! Every one needs a little time to calm yourself and regroup. This is just what our little family has been doing, and man did we enjoy ourselves!
Earlier in June, we were lucky enough to go to Kauai with my parents, sister and her family. It was great that we were blessed to have the chance to go. Living 5 hours from my family, we don't see them too often. So, I was looking very forward to spending a week with them all. I was a little nervous to fly with our then 6 month old baby. But he was a trooper and did a great job! I was so proud of him and the 6 hour flight.
I originally thought a week in Kauai would be so long and we wouldn't have enough to keep us busy. B…

Changing paths, changing job titles

Everyone has a direction in life, a path to follow, an idea of what makes them happy. For the past several years I have been working for corporate agriculture companies, following a path I thought was one that made me happy. That's the interesting thing about paths, sometimes they fork, split, dead end, back up, jump forward, or fall off a cliff. There is only one person in life that truly knows where your path is going and we won't meet him the journey ends.  We just have to go with the path and take what bumps come forward.

Over 7 months ago my path turned, it brought me to this new path that I never thought I would enjoy as much as I do. When my little son was born, my life changed drastically. It wasn't just me and my husband anymore, there was this little man that depended on me, he needed me and what I didn't know was that I need him too. It's strange to think that you can go so long in life just happy and content, but when children are born they…