We just picked our first bin of organic late navels!
We started the transition to organic on part of our acreage three years ago. It seemed like it would be forever till we were certified. Three years of higher costs of cultivation, yet sales as conventional fruit. But here we are. Certified!
So look for Sunkist organic navels in the stores. They could be ours!
Solarization. Sounds weird, right? Well, it’s a trial we’re doing to control weeds in our organic transition block. Since we can’t spray herbicide, we will try anything that might work!
The logic behind this is that the sun will superheat the ground, killing the weeds and their seeds. We’ll see how it works!
Ever heard of this? Me neither till we attended the California small farm conf. This is another way for organic growers to kill weeds. we are testing this. Hopefully it works.
We had to remove an old grove that just wasn’t producing very well anymore. So grandpa took the bulldozer to it and had some help from the little one. Who decided that a pink tutu was the perfect outfit for pushing trees. This was a few years ago. Now we’re getting this same field ready to plant. Organically!
One of the biggest challenges of transitioning to organic is the weeds. They love to grow. And they take water and nutrients away from our trees. So how do we handle weeds organically? Discing the rows with the tractor and the old school hoe and a huge crew of people. But there is also weed mat. We hope that it will eliminate at least some of the weeds! We will keep you posted.