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Harvest is Here

Almond harvest is here! Almond trees are shaking all over the valley and it's officially harvest season. About a week ago we started shaking on our farm.





But before you even start shaking, mowing is the true first sign of harvest. We don't just mow to make the orchard a cleaner environment. Grass could cause harvest equipment to get clogged up and unnecessary debris get stuck with the almonds  Weeds also take vital nutrients and water away from the trees and root system.


Once mowing is done, the orchard is ready for shaking! I like to say we shake the L out of them. Makes sense if you remember where I grew up. In Northern California we say A-MEND, just like salmon. None of that ALL-MEND business. But regardless of what you want to call it, almond shaking is how we get the nuts on the ground.



After we started shaking, the next day we were ready to start sweeping. Sweeping is the process of getting the almonds in nice, clean windrows so they can be picked up. Unfortunately, th…

When Three Ag Girls Join Forces...

Through this crazy blogging, agvocating, social media world I am always amazed by the young women I meet. We are strong, passionate and hard working women. I love getting to connect with fellow bloggers and get a little insight into other farms. All our farms are different, yet we are all connected via our passion for agriculture and of course the dairy aisle. I am blessed to have met some great ladies and connect with them on a personable level that I wanted to share some of them with you! Today, I introduce you to Chelsy, aka Organic Dairy Mama and Nicole, aka Michigan Farm Girl .

I met Nicole this last December through a blogger exchange and instantly knew this was a girl to follow. She then introduced me to Chelsy. You may ask yourself, what does an organic dairy farmer, Michigan dairy woman and a California almond farmer have in common?  More than you’d think, and I bet it is some of the same things I would have in common with you…

About Chelsy!

I grew up in Wisconsin on a 70 cow c…

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…