I started this blog over a year ago with the intention of writing even semi-regularly about not only my own farming operation, but agriculture issues in general. So far I have had two posts in just over a year. Fail. However, there is no time like the present to start again. The last year has been crazy. We have made a few emergency room visits, had a major accident involving a 20 year farm employee (he has since made a near full recovery), started a remodel on our house (which has not been finished and my family of 4 is still living out of a small toy hauler), I was elected to our local irrigation district during what has become the third year of a statewide drought (our water allotment for the year sits at 24″, the lowest ever for the district), and to top it off I found out I had 3 herniated discs in my neck which required surgery and on April 18th I had Level 3 ACDF surgery to fuse together 4 vertebrae in my neck.
I guess the nice thing about being relegated to a neck brace and severely limited as to what I can do on the farm is it gives me time to revive my blog! So here we go. I don’t anticipate flooding the internet with daily blog posts, but surely I can beat one post per year. Feel free to leave comments for topic ideas!
This is my first entry in the world of blogging! Like nearly every person who has started a blog, I find it difficult to find a way to get things started. However, I got a lot of help getting set up from Janice Person (check out her blog at janiceperson.com) and I owe it to her to kick this thing off!
I am a fourth generation farmer. My dad and I farm around 400 acres of walnuts and almonds. For a little more about the history check out the “About” section of my blog. My plan with the blog is to not only let readers in on what goes on day-to-day and month-to-month on the farm but also nutrition information, some thoughts on ag issues and whatever else suits my fancy. All opinions are my own, but I will always try to back them up with facts and science. I may not always have perfect grammar or punctuation, but the idea is to let you get to know my personality through my writing.
Back to the farm. This is actually the perfect time to start writing a blog for a nut farmer. The trees are just waking up from a long winter slumber and will begin producing this year’s crop. Walnuts and almonds will only produce one crop per year. Almonds are generally about a month ahead of the walnuts. The almonds are just finishing up blooming and are starting to push out this year’s leaves.
We had terrific weather during bloom giving the bees ample time to do their work! We put one bee hive per acre to get optimum pollination. The early harvesting varieties of walnuts are just starting to show some signs of spring growth, but pollination for them is still a few weeks away.
That is what is going on in the fields for now. I will do my best to keep you posted on the latest on the farm. Feel free to leave thoughts or comments. Thanks for reading and remember to EAT MORE NUTS!!