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Family Farms

Farming for the Future

Almond farming is a family affair fueled by a passion for growing healthy food – almonds.

California is home to 7,600 almond farms and 102 almond processors,1  many of which are family owned and operated. In fact, 90% of almond farms are family farms, 2  many run by third- and fourth-generation farmers who live on the land and plan to pass it down to their children and grandchildren.

Being good stewards is a driving force for the almond community. In addition to providing sustained work for their employees, almond farmers and processors carefully manage natural resources, working to protect the future of their families, neighbors, local communities, and the environment. As a way to give back, 96% of California almond farmers and processors participate in organizations, programs or boards that support community well-being.3

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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. 

Together, our farms are dedicated to a common goal: growing the world’s nutritious almonds in the most sustainable way possible.  

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1. United States Department of Agriculture. 2017 Census of Agriculture. Table 37.
2. United States Department of Agriculture. 2017 Census of Agriculture. Table 6.
3. California Almond Sustainability Program. Nov. 2020.
4. United States Department of Agriculture. 2017 Census of Agriculture. Table 37.