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Sticks, leaves and dirt...OH MY!

Almonds are harvested off a tree, where we shake them on the ground. Then they are swept into rows and picked up. Sounds like a fairly easy and simply process but there are a lot of moving parts with several steps and processes along the way.


If you start with shaking a tree, the vibrations don't just knock the almonds off the tree but of course any loose sticks or leaves will also fall too. This could cause a problem when it comes to sweeping the nuts. The sticks could get caught in the sweeper brushes and maybe even get caught up in the irrigation hoses.


Once the nuts are in the rows and the harvester is set to run through to pick up the almonds, those sticks could be troublesome again. The harvester will generally have to run at a slower speed through the field as to allow for the sticks to not get caught up in the series of belts that carry the almonds up. When the harvester empties the almonds into the shuttle cart and further on the elevator, sticks can clog up belts and c…

Country Christmas


I once again decided this year to participate in the Country Christmas exchange. I participated last year and it was fun to connect with new agriculture advocates. Getting to know other bloggers in the agriculture industry is exciting to see what drives others and how they continue doing it year after year. Helpful tips and tricks of trade help me to continue on this path.

 



When my package arrived I was so excited. My secret Santa came all the way from Nebraska. Naomi blogs over at Circle L Ranch. She really did her homework and found some great stuff for me.

 

First off, she gave me a packet of chili seasoning and ladle perfect for dishing out homemade chili. Well in the winter I pretty much make chili about once a week, in fact I made it for dinner last night. Needless to say these have already been put to good use.


Next up, She gave me a great gratitude devotion journal. My 2017 was filled with faith testing life challenges so I really needed this. I've already used the first two weeks and I'm loving this! It keeps me accountable and thinking of my blessings more.


Then, there was a great wallet with a cell charger inside! I don't know how I have never seen these before, but this may be my go to gift for 2018. When I find something practical and stylish, you better believe I'm going to share the find with others.


To round off the basket was a great go to snack of beef sticks and no farmer is complete without a good hat. Oh ya, and you know how I know she did her homework and stalked me pretty well? A Starbucks card was also included, my pocket book thanks you for helping out with my Starbucks addiction. Just in time too, because my local Starbucks grand opening is in just a few weeks.

 


Almost as fun as getting a secret Santa package in the mail is giving one. I also had the opportunity to buy a special gift for Nicole of MichiganFarm Girl. I of course had to send her some almonds to keep her snacking happy on the dairy. Almonds, coffee and coffee accessories are always a good idea when you are talking about farmHers who are just trying to keep up with life on the farm.

 

I was so happy with my package and my secret Santa, I am already looking forward to participating again next year.

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

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