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Shredding Almond Prunings

It's winter on the farm and that means it's pruning time!


We have had crews going through the orchards pruning the dead wood and any overlapping branches what would be prohibiting sunlight from getting through the orchard canopy. The trees need ample light to ensure nuts develop and grow throughout the whole tree.


Once the pruning is done, crews then stack the branches down the center of the orchard rows and prepare for the shredder! The shredder has a series of multiple blades and is pulled behind a tractor through the orchard. We are left with small wood chips. Really, the videos and seeing this machine in person are pretty cool!


The wood chips will break down over time with rain, irrigation and general orchard practices. All those nutrients that are in tree and branches will remain in the orchard via those wood chips to ensure mothing is lost.


But what are you waiting for, go check out my YouTube video all about it!
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I believe in the future of agriculture...

"I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years..."

These are not only the opening lines of the FFA creed but words that stand true in my life as a farmer today. During this National FFA week, I looked back on what FFA taught me. I am grateful that my father was active in FFA and wanted the same things for my sister and I. I am a proud American FFA degree recipient and past President of Chico FFA. But it is what that jacket stands for that is worth the most. 

That FFA Creed really is something to reflect on. Farming is truly a faith; a faith that mother nature will guide is in our endeavors to make the land prosperous, that we will be good stewards to it and that our deeds will benefit the land. Words are only words, unless o…

National Almond Day

Today is National Almond Day! I love that my favorite nut has its own day. Just like you and me have our birthday, a day to celebrate ourselves, today is a day to celebrate almonds. And what a better day to talk almonds than on their special day. So let's talk almonds!

How do you eat almonds? Most people just snack on whole almonds but there are so many more ways to enjoy almonds. You can enjoy whole almonds in your homemade granola or favorite trail mix. Slivered almonds are great for granola, yogurt or even ice cream. Sliced almonds are great toppers for cupcakes or muffins and add them to almost anything your baking. Almond Milk is delicious on cereal and add it to your smoothie or coffee of your choice. Have you tried almond oil? Next time your whisking together a salad vinaigrette try it out. Or what about almond butter on your toast, or to dip your apple in? Have I made you hungry yet will all these great ways to enjoy almonds?  If you are looking for some yummy ways to enj…

Pollination Partners

It is that time of year again! The bees are out and the buds are starting to burst. Its pollination time and no pollination is successful without a successful partnership. Bees are vital to an almond farmer. Bees move the pollen from one variety of almond to another to pollinate an almond bud and make a nut. Almonds farmers who want to have a successful and productive pollination must create a partnership with their beekeeper and applicator. This three way partnership will ensure that you are covering all your bases as a farmer and steward to bees. 

My local Kern County Farm Bureau wanted to ensure that all parties involved in pollination also had the means to create this partnership. That's why they hosted a bee and almond round table discussion that I was involved in. This was a great opportunity for beekeepers, almond farmers and applicators to sit together and discuss concerns, obstacles and solutions for having a great pollination year. Pollination is a fast time of year an…