Proud Growers of California Almonds Since 1990

Sustainable Farming Practices

While we are not an organic farming operation, we do believe that it is important to care for the environment. To that end, we incorporate sustainable farming practices into our daily routines.

An almond orchard can have a life span of 30 or more years, if well maintained. Land and development costs are considerable, as are annual operating expenses. The first marketable harvest generally occurs no sooner than the third year after planting.

Almond farming is a long-term proposition, during which the grower is dependent on a healthy environment as well as economic conditions. The following farming practices are a few of the ways we work to assure sustainability:

Drip and Micro Jet Irrigation Systems

We use irrigation systems which target the application of water only where it's needed (around the tree), which results in less water usage.

Eliminating water between tree rows has the added benefit of reducing undesireable vegetation, which in turn reduces the amount of herbicide required for control.

Shredding Instead of Burning

Shredding tree prunings eliminates the release of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. It also returns organic material and nutrients to the soil. We've been shredding our prunings for many years.

Mowing Instead of Spraying

Allowing annual vegetation to grow down the tree row has numerous benefits: it facilitates water absorption, reduces dust, provides traction, gives the orchard an aesthetically pleasing look, and reduces herbicide usage. While we must apply an herbicide prior to harvest, we mow as needed during the remainder of the year.

Targeted Pest Control

We don't apply pesticides because we want to, we apply them only when we must. Under the guidance of a pest control advisor (PCA), licensed by the state, we apply only chemicals that are formulated to target a specific problem.

The Law of Nature

Many birds, insects and animals prey on pests that invade the orchard. We encourage these predators to inhabit and hunt our orchards by erecting nesting boxes and allowing natural cover vegetation to grow.

Barn owl perched on nesting box

For example, we encourage barn owls to hunt our orchards by erecting owl nesting boxes.

Barn owls assist in controlling the gopher population, which reduces our use of pesticides.

Verification

Throughout the year, we perform soil, water and tissue (leaf) sampling and testing for nutrient and toxicity levels, and continuously modify our practices based on the results.