Farming for the Future
The California almond community is driven by family farmers and processors. According to the most recent USDA Agricultural Census, there are around 7,600 California almond farms.1 Over 90% of these are family farms, many owned and operated by third- and fourth-generation farmers who live on the land and plan to pass it down to their children and grandchildren.2 Furthermore, there are 99 almond processors, and many of them are also family-owned and -operated.
The almond community recognizes the need to manage resources carefully for current and future generations and provide sustained work for its employees while protecting its families, neighbors, local communities and the environment.
Respect for the Land
Nearly 70% of California almond farms are 100 acres or less,3 but small or large, California’s almond farmers take a long-term view of success based on respect for the land and local communities. And regardless of size, all almond farmers recognize that growth must be matched by an unprecedented commitment to environmental responsibility, especially as they depend on natural resources for their livelihoods and the livelihoods of their families and surrounding communities.
1 United States Department of Agriculture. 2017 Census of Agriculture, Table 37.
2 United States Department of Agriculture. 2012 Agricultural Census.
3 United States Department of Agriculture. 2017 Census of Agriculture, Table 37.