Planting A New Orchard

Planting A New Orchard

Before we'd finished our coffee last Wednesday, Thomas got a call that our new peach trees from the California nursery Sierra Gold were arriving a day early and that they'd already been dropped off at a farm a few miles away instead of the usual direct-to-farm delivery. Luckily the pallet and half we'd ordered fit on the flatbed of our Dodge pickup—just barely.... 

A Spring Update

A Spring Update

Experienced and hard-working orchard crew members—from Mexico, France and here in the Grand Valley—have been moving through the farm's considerable list of spring projects with momentum. Currently, they are lightening the loads of fruit bud-heavy peach trees by hand-thinning each branch. This process is always a race against the seasonal clock—thinning progress slows down as buds develop into blossoms that are more difficult to remove....