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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…

Ask the expert: Matthew Haddon, Sierra Gold

Over the years, I have received numerous questions of how almond trees grow. Do I plant seeds for the trees or buy from a nursery? How long does it take an almond tree to grow? Well, it was time to pull in the experts for some of these questions.


Ask the experts is a series I am introducing to get some of these hard to answer questions answered. I opened the discussion up to you guys and asked your input on questions pertaining to production agriculture in the almond or tree fruit industries. These are just a few of the questions I have been asked. Have more? Ask away and I will try my best to find an expert for your questions!


For the first round of questions, I called on a friend of mine. Matthew Haddon has been a Sales Representative with Sierra Gold Nurseries since 2012. He serves the Kern County area. I asked him to get to the root of your almond tree questions.




Almond Girl Jenny (AG):Can you give us a brief introduction of your company and how it relates to agriculture?
Matthew Had…

The art of a thank you

Thank you. Two simple words that carry so much meaning. Webster Dictionary defines the words as: a polite expression of one's gratitude. Expressing gratitude and showing thanks has become a thing of the past though it seems.




Growing up my parents raised me to right thank you notes after birthdays, Christmas and any time we were given gifts. It was a way for me to show thanks and appreciation for their thoughtfulness. I continued this sentiment with me as I grew up.


After job interviews, when college professors went beyond to help me, and even after staying over at my in laws, I always took time to write thank you notes. After staying over with my in laws a half a dozen times, my mother in law told me I could stop writing her thank you notes. It was just a little something I liked to do to show my appreciation.


There is just something about receiving a note in the mail saying thank you that can brighten your day.  Earlier this week, as I was opening the mail I had two pieces mark…

Wordless Wednesday: Storms

A few Wordless Wednesday storm pictures for you....















Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

The Country Christmas Connection Reveal

As the Christmas season has come to a close, it is always sad to start putting away those Christmas decorations. I always wait until Epiphany to take down my d├ęcor and it helps me drag out the Christmas spirit as long as I can. But I get to relive Christmas one more way today. I get to reveal my Country Christmas Connection secret Santa blogger.
This year I took part in The Country Christmas Connection, where a group of agriculture bloggers across the US linked up to play a little game of secret Santa, blogger style. The Country Christmas Connection was the work of Jenny from The Magic Farmhouse and Darleen from Guernsey Dairy Mama.


I submit my answers to the survey and waited for my email to come in with who I was paired up with. I got my secret Santa name in my email and my homework started; to find the perfect items for Robyn Goddard of The Ranch Wife Chronicles. I politely Facebook stalked her and did some blog reading of hers and then went shopping to buy her gifts. I was excit…

2017, The year to be you!

Happy New Year!  Many people take the new year as a chance to get on a new diet, join a gym, quit smoking, stop drinking soda, or whatever your fancy is. But in all seriousness, most of these people fail at their new years resolutions and end up back to their same old self in a few months.

TV, social media, and magazines all tell us we need to jump on the new fad, try this diet out because it's better, dress this new way because it's trendy. Most of these things don't end up working out because it isn't what makes you happy. If you don't have motivation or drive to do something, then you aren't going to last very long doing it.


So, what makes you happy? Family, friends, faith, farming? Then, that's what you should spend more time dong in 2017. 2017, is the year to be YOU!
You have to hold yourself accountable, you have to love what you are doing, you have to be YOU. That is what is going to make you succeed this year. Try a new diet if you want, but if it…