Almond Lane, Woodland California - The First Almond Farm in the World to Be Certified Sustainable
How does an almond farm in California distinguish themselves from the 6000 others in the state? Almond Lane in Woodland California has done this by, one, being one of the very few almond growers that is farm to consumer. And two, by being the first almond grower in the world to be independently certified under the internationally recognized “Sustainably Grown” standard for agricultural crops, by SCS Global Service. The SCS is an international leader in the third-party certification, validation, and verification for environmental, sustainable, and food safety and quality performance claims. In other words, Almond Lane have been recognized as being a leader in the industry for sustainable almond farming. This is actually a pretty big deal.
Almond trees require lots of water. California supplies 85 % of the world's almonds. Every drop counts in farming and Almond Lane uses progressive and state-of-the-art irrigation monitoring data collection techniques that create a multi-faceted water management strategy. This certification also includes other farming practices such as providing a safe and healthy work environment, wildlife habitat and low carbon emission among other things.
Almond Lane is a family owned almond farm with roots in agriculture dating back to the 1900's. They love Woodland not only for the great growing conditions, but also because it is home to The Food Front. Dedicated to keeping Woodland at the forefront of responsible and sustainable farming, The Food Front cultivates relationships among food producers and growers to heighten exposure and foster collaborations that lead to innovation and community vitality. You can enjoy these roasted and lightly salted almonds knowing they were grown with care and good land stewardship that will sustain the farming community for generations.
We met Kristin Jacobs at an orchard in the cute little town of Woodland, just west of Sacramento, on a blazing hot day in June. She is a U.C. Davis graduate and is part owner of Almond Lane. She explained to us all about the high water table in Woodland, which makes it especially good for growing almond trees, and how they harvest, how they use beneficial pests to reduce pesticides. They have plans this year to create a wildlife habitat and pollinator garden between two of their groves. If you want to meet farmer Kristin and learn more about Almond Lane, watch our video below.