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It has taken me two weeks to be able to write this post. I keep struggling with words, how to express my sadness, how to help, just what to say. But here goes...


The morning of November 8th will be a day everyone in Butte County will remember. The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. It is the deadliest wildfire in US history in the past 100 years. The town of Paradise was destroyed by the fire, forcing 27,000 people to flee within hours. The news reports and stories victims tell are chilling and leave you speechless. For the last two weeks, my newsfeeds and text messages have been filled with Camp Fire stories and relief efforts.


Butte County is where I was born and raised. My hometown of Chico is where many sought refuge and hope following the tragic event. My mother worked in Paradise for a good chunk of my childhood. I have many memories of the church she worked at, the rectory that is no longer standing, and the local businesses we supp…

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

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