November/December 2022 - 10

COVER STORY
The Crowleys and their cover crop
delivery. Photo: Matt Hannon
a type of armillaria that shows up in
almond trees planted in ground that had
oak trees many generations ago, prior to
modern cultivation.
Orchard removal.
Photo: Matt Hannon
WOR grants have been a big help to
Central Valley tree nut farmers who need
to remove orchards, especially those
without the option of burning.
" Taking out an orchard is already
an extremely cumbersome process
financially, " said Cassi. " That ROI issue is
constantly on growers' minds. "
Following the global pandemic and
record inflation, many grant schedules
quickly become outdated. But the
Crowleys and NicNut are pushing ahead
with their on-farm research with WOR.
" Imagine for a second: 21 years of
atmospheric carbon has been stored into
these trees. It would otherwise be burned
in a cogeneration plant or open-air burned,
and it would go right back up [into the
atmosphere], " said Rory. " Right here, we
grind them up, and we put them right back
down in the ground. Twenty-one years of
atmospheric carbon. This is agroforestry at
its best. "
Climate-smart story
" Consumers, both B2B and B2C, want
the story - the pollination story, the soil
health story, the carbon story. We are
going to carbon neutrality and, hopefully,
carbon negative by 2030. That's how
we want to see our farm moving in that
direction, " said Rory.
With a push from consumer demand,
and a forced hand due to global
environmental changes, it's inevitable
that growers will face challenges in their
conversions to climate-smart practices.
Sometimes the biggest challenge is simply
an objection to spending additional money
on an unknown outcome.
" And it's not just that we weren't sure
what the money was going to do, " said
George, " but also the uncertainty of the
markets. "
George has noted the rather dramatic
evolution of the 30-plus years that he's
been removing and replanting orchards,
and " this represents probably the single,
biggest step in that regenerative, climatesmart
process of putting that back in the
soil, " he said.
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