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My Daddy

Dad. Father. Papa. The one who holds the family together. Patriarch. Leader. Bear hugger. Most memorable laugher. Teacher of life lessons. The one who taught me to drive. Passion instiller. Farmer. Daddy. 

Dads are one of the most important people in our lives. My Dad meant so much to me. He was the reason I am who I am today. I remember from a young age farming with my dad. Driving around with him checking fields. I even had a small table in his office at the farm that I pretended to work just like him. He taught me so much about agriculture. He is the reason I love agriculture and farming. He gave me my passion for agriculture. He was so proud that my sister and I wanted to be involved in agriculture too. But he hated that I went to school so far away. And even though I didn’t come home to farm with him as planned, I married an almond farmer who he loved as his own son. 


It pains me to write about my Dad in past tense. There will be no more memories and future planning with my Dad. My…

A look back at 2015

As 2015 comes to a close and we are getting ready to welcome 2016, It is time to look back on the year. 2015 was a year full of water issues, almond media attention, and of course lots of baby pictures as I watched my little almond farmer grow up. As I reflect on the year, I looked back on the most popular post and what it means for 2016.


This past year I did a number of different series that related to agriculture and awareness. The California Water Series I did lighted four different parts of water; conservation, almonds, agriculture production and how we got here. This series was aimed at helping people to understand the water issues and to put some truth out there during a time of information overload. And it turns out it was a hit with two of these posts being in my top 3 for the year!

#3 Most viewed: Why California grows so many almonds
California being so unique and special in our climate and soils I thought it was time to explain just why so many almonds are grown in Californi…

Almond Giveaway #3

Christmas is 4 days way! And you know what that means.... It is time for Almond Giveaway #3!

If you have been following along on my holiday giveaway journey you know we have already given away TWO great almond packages. As a thank you to all my loyal readers and followers I wanted to give a little joy to your holiday season. Sadly, Christmas is fast approaching so this will be my final almond giveaway for this holiday season.

All you need to do to win is to share and comment onthis post on Facebook. It is that easy!

So what exactly is in this last and final almond giveaways you ask? Well I wanted to do a combination of the past giveaways and make one bigger and grander giveaway!

Almond Giveaway #3
'Almond Inspirations' Cookbook: featuring great recipes for weekend brunch, sensational snacks, your casual table, cocktail party, decadent dinners, sweet treats and drinks.
'California Almonds' Grey size large sweatshirt
'California Almonds' baseball cap
4 Califor…

John Deere Birthday

I can't believe it but my little almond farmer turned one! This year has flown by and I have no idea where the time went. It seems like yesterday I was trying to figure out this whole Mommy thing and now I have a one year old! I have to tell you, I do not miss those newborn nights though. I cherish my sleep and I am so glad my little man sleeps 12 hours through the night.

So, when I started planning his first birthday it was no question what the theme was going to be. John Deere is the nursery theme and he loves playing with tractors. Both the real ones on the farm and the toy ones in his room. I just had to do a John Deere Birthday Bash too!

First step was deciding on invitations, and man are there options. I had a hard time deciding but I settled with these cuties. I loved the verbiage and the design of course. The etsy shop was also really easy to work with.

Next, was decor. I wanted to keep it simple but theme oriented. I started by displaying pictures from the year throughout…

Almond Giveaway #2

Let the Almond Giveaways Continue...

To continue my appreciation to my loyal readers, followers and subscribers during this holiday season I will be giving away Almond Giveaway #2. We already gave away one awesome giveaway and there will be one more to come next week.

All you need to do to win is to  like and comment on this post on Facebook. It is that easy!

So is this giveaway the same this time around too? Nope!! Each giveaway is slightly different but all are almond themed of course! What exactly is in this almond giveaway you ask? 
Almond Giveaway #2
'California Almonds' Grey sweatshirt size large
'California Almonds' baseball cap
3 California Almond tins: holding the perfectly proportional serving size of 23 almonds per tin. Great for snacks!

Don't forget to like and COMMENT via Facebook this post to be entered to win! Winner will be announced on Friday, December 18th!



Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Almond Giveaway #1!

As a thank you to all my loyal readers and followers I wanted to give a little joy to your holiday season. As my Christmas gift to you, I will be having 3 Almond Giveaways! Yes, you read that right, I will be giving away 3 holiday almond packages!

All you need to do to win is to share and likethis post on Facebook. It is that easy!

So what exactly is in my almond giveaways you ask? Well, each one is different and over and the course of the next couple weeks I will post each giveaway for your chance to win.

Almond Giveaway #1
'Almond Inspirations' Cookbook: featuring great recipes for weekend brunch, sensational snacks, your casual table, cocktail party, decadent dinners, sweet treats and drinks.
'California Almond' baseball cap
3 California Almond tins: holding the perfectly proportional serving size of 23 almonds per tin.

Don't forget to like and share via Facebook this post to be entered to win!Winner will be announced on Monday, December 14th.

Until Next Time,

Farmers Never Stop Learning

As I pack to get ready for a week of conferences and travel, I started thinking of all the new information I was going to be learning this upcoming week. Along my way, I always tend to meet a random person in the elevator, at the coffee shop or hotel lobby wanting to know what all these farmers are doing at the convention center. People always seem to be interested when I tell them we are here to learn.

With any job or task a person sets out to accomplish, you tend to look for the most efficient way to do it. The same goes for farmers. We are always looking for the best and most efficient use of our time, resources and other inputs to get the greatest output. But how do farmers know the latest and greatest things to help them with their efficiency? We continue to educate ourselves.

It may be hard to believe but most farmers are not the uneducated, hillbilly, backwoods hicks that people tend to think of. Most farmers don't operate a tractor from the 1930's or use a hors…