Father’s Day is Sunday and I’m looking forward to spending time with family. It feels good to celebrate fatherhood and watch our kids—Maddie and Millie—grow up here on the farm. While we spare them the farm chores, they enjoy the tree plantings, harvests, and of course, the fruits of our labor. They understand that growing sustainable, organic fruits and vegetables is a process that takes time and dedication. And love.
The tasty partnership between Frog Hollow Farm and Churchill-Brenneis Orchard has been bringing sweet, delicious fruits from the Ojai-based grower to customers nationwide. Churcill is famous for his Pixie tangerines and Hass Avocados.
Spring is synonymous with blooming flowers and where there are blooming flowers there are bees! And while most people think of European honey bees, we work hard to make the farm a hospitable place for all sorts of bees; especially those native to California that play an important part in pollinating our fruit trees.
Frog Hollow will be planting 18 acres of almond trees in 2018! Even though we are skilled at growing other stone fruits (yes, almond is a stone fruit), almonds will require some new techniques, including tree shaking for harvest and post-harvest removal of hulls and shells.