Greetings from Heron Fox Farm

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Our Story

 

We are a small, family farm working to help our beautiful planet by encouraging and practicing environmentally friendly growing techniques. Our mission is to help restore ecological diversity in farms, forests, and gardens. Our 27 acre, fourth generation, certified organic almond orchard is located in Chico, CA. We farm and sell raw, unpastuerized, organic almonds and the best all-natural, dry-roasted almond butter you can buy. We are planting native hedgerows along our orchard to improve biodiversity and habitat for bees and other pollinators that are having a hard time with all the nearby mono cropping, pesticides, and herbicides used by conventional growers. It is our goal to raise awareness of these issues and promote re-establishing native plants and organic farming practices.

Our Almond Orchard in Full Bloom

Our Almond Orchard in Full Bloom

We are proud to be farming our almonds organically, without the use of harmful chemical sprays, pesticides, or herbicides of any kind. This way of farming is more labor intensive and costly to do, and the yield per acre is less than with conventional, nonorganic almonds. Instead of using chemical fertilizers, we are building the soil by spreading literally tons of high quality, organic compost every year which feeds the trees naturally and promotes a healthy, living soil full of beneficial micro-organisms, worms and mushrooms which cannot survive in soils low in organic matter and repeatedly exposed to chemicals. Conventional and even so-called “no spray” almond orchards are strip sprayed with herbicides to control weeds between the trees where the tractors can’t mow or disk. Instead we use flame torches to burn the weeds and weed seeds in the strips. This is a very slow process and has to be done much more often than with herbicides. Since almond are harvested off the ground, weed control is especially critical leading up to harvest. Because strip spraying with herbicides is cheap, fast, and easy compared to flaming, it is done in virtually every almond orchard that isn’t certified organic. Buying certified organic almonds is the only way to know for sure that they are grown without chemicals of any kind. And buying almonds direct from the farmer is the only way to know if your almonds are unpasteurized and truly raw.

  We also have a small nursery at our ranch in rural, western Sonoma county, CA, where we raise native, edible, medicinal nursery plants, fruit and vegetables, and grass fed Dexter cattle for milk and beef. We are off the grid, using only solar and hydro-electric energy and gravity flow spring water.

 

Native Sages in the Nursery

We specialize in:

*Organic, Unpasteurized Almonds

* Organic Almond Butter

* Native, California Plants

* Habitat Restoration

*Pollinator Hedges for Farms

*Heirloom Fruit & Vegetables

*Medicinal Herbs

*Purebred Irish Dexter Cattle

 

Black Oaks “Grace” Registered purebred Irish Dexter