Skip to main content

Stop and Smell the Roses

There is always time to stop and smell the roses 🌷

My grandparents always had a massive rose garden. As a kid, I have fond memories of picking roses and watching my grandfather tend to his what seemed like millions rose bushes. My grandma loved to work in the rose garden too, it was always time with the whole family.
My father continued on the same tradition. He had a green thumb for roses and he loved those bushes. When my parents first moved into their house they had 100 roses in their yard. They eventually made a smaller garden, but still spent just as much time caring for those roses. Now, he has a good rose garden of probably 20-30 rose bushes. He used to always pick roses for my mom and bring them inside for her to enjoy. It was always a special little gift he made for her. 
Now we continue his legacy by picking roses and taking them to his grave. I know he was looking down on us this morning as my daughter was playing with his roses. I’m sure he was probably worrying about her…

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 California. I love that I live in such a diverse state that is able to specialize in so many crops. And of course, I love that almonds is one of those special crops that is able to thrive and be so productive here!

#2 Most Viewed: California Water #1: How we got here
The beginning of the water series was to help you understand California water. We are much different than other states and how our water is used and divided can be quite complex. I took this post as a way to understand the different uses of water; environment, urban and agriculture as well as understand the different means of water we use; state water project, central valley project and groundwater.

#1 Most viewed: California Water Part 3: Almonds and Water
I am glad that this post was my most viewed post of 2015. I think this is the best way to set the record straight on almonds and water. There was a lot of finger pointing and blame put on almonds in 2015 and it was not deserved. Almonds are a food and it takes water to grow food. Almonds are primarily only grown in California, so you will see a lot of trees across the state making them an easy target for water consumption. But once you start to look at the facts, you will start to understand the good that almonds do for California.

As I look back on these posts it makes me excited to see what is in store for 2016. This year, readers have really taken an  interested in education and learning just why things are done. I am hopeful that 2016 will be an even better year!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Almond by-products

When people think of almond uses they tend to just think of using the almond meat. Almonds have multiple by-products actually. When almonds are processed at the huller the almond meat is separated from the hull and shell. The hulls, shells and hash are also sold and used.

Almond hulls are the green out most layer of the almond while on the tree. The hull is what splits and starts the countdown to harvest. Once the almond has dried in the field, the hull also dries and begins to separate from the almond. At the huller, they remove the hulls and stock pile them until sold. Almond hulls are sold for animal feed, most commonly dairy feed. The hulls actually add nutrition to the animals diet and aid in healthy milk production. Growing up on my family's farm, we used the hulls to feed our breeding sheep. It was cheaper than grain, helped to add nutrition to the animal diet and while filled them up faster.

Almond shells are the hard layer between the hull and the almond meat. …

Modern Agriculture

What is Modern Agriculture?
Modern agriculture could be a scientist in a lab creating the newest impossible non-meat hamburger. Modern agriculture could mean the development of GMO seeds to decrease pesticide use. Modern agriculture could be turning on your irrigation system from an app on your computer. Modern agriculture could just mean the use of GPS in tractors, or maybe just the use of a tractor on a farm. Modern agriculture could mean something different to you depending on how you look at agriculture.






Modern agriculture is essentially developing practices that help farmers increase efficiency and reduce the amount of resources to meet the world's needs. But depending on your interpretation of the term you could already have created your opinion of modern agriculture. 2% of the population is involved in agriculture but 100% of the population has opinions.
That's the situation we face today, consumers tend to develop their own opinions of modern agriculture without unders…

Almond varieties

Did you know there are over 30 different varieties of almonds grown commercially?! All have their own unique purpose, size, and shape. Most almond farmers, have multiple varieties in the same orchard, the most popular being nonpareil. Nonpareil is the prettiest almond, most widely produced and comes with the biggest return back to the grower. But we can't all farm nonpareils, they need to be pollinated somehow. Almonds typically need at least two varieties in an orchard because the almond flower cannot pollinate itself like other fruit trees can. We learned about that with the almond bloom and bee blog!! So we have pollinator varieties that complement other varieties and offer their own unique purpose. I am going to outline a few of the more widely grown varieties for you, but feel free to check out The Almond Board of California's full guide.


Nonpareil has the most uses and purposes of any other nut. It can be used in raw form, blanched, processed or anything you …