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Almond Day

Today’s the day! It’s Almond Day!

From health benefits, bee pollination partners, sustainability focused, zero waste, and best crop for the drop, there are so many things to celebrate about almonds.



Almonds are heart healthy and a great source of protein with 23 almonds per serving.

Dependent on bees to make a crop, growers are stewards to ensure bees have the best nutritious food as they come out of winter and swarm almond orchards throughout California.

We are committed to keep our farms sustainable and prosperous into the next generation by using our whole orchard recycling programs and incorporating prunings back into the soil to ensure healthy soils.

Almonds are a true zero waste product. In a world of increasing food waste and trying to stay focused on using everything we grow, almonds are a great snack to consider. The hull is used for food at dairies and beef feed lots. The shell is used for animal and landscape bedding. The kernel is course the nut we eat.

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Irrigating during harvest

In our orchards we have multiple varieties of almonds. These varieties mature and harvest at different times throughout the harvest season. We start with nonpareils, the most popular, most produced and most widely used variety. But a field of nonpareils most often has one or two other varieties that aren't ready to harvest for a couple weeks to a month later. When we flood irrigated, we weren't able to irrigate any of the orchard until the harvest was complete on the entire orchard.  If we chose to flood irrigate, the orchard rows would be too wet and the machinery would get stuck. The weeds would also start to grow in the middle of the rows, making it difficult for the machinery to pick up the almonds.

Now that we drip irrigate our fields, we are able to harvest and irrigate at the same time. The drip hose is delivering water directly to the base of the tree roots, with only a small portion of the water staying on the surface of the ground. We are able to shake o…

Sweeping and picking up almonds

It's been about 2 weeks since we started almond shaking on the farm. We gave the almonds plenty of time to dry out and get most of the moisture out.
Now, it's time to sweep them. A sweeper machine runs through the tree rows and moves the nuts into a neat row down the middle of the orchard.  First, the sweeper blows nuts from one side of the tree line to the other. Then, the sweeper drives the opposite way through the field moving the nuts into a row. These rows make it possible for the pick up machine to come through and pick up the almond piles without running them over. 


The pick up machine is pulled behind a tractor and has an almond cart behind it. When the tractor drives over the almond rows the pick up machine scoops up the almonds, leaving behind the dirt and other debris, and drops the nuts into the almond cart. When the almond cart is full of almonds, another machine called a shuttle comes behind it in the orchard.  The almond cart empties into the shuttl…