About

20160304_120047I grew up in central Spain. My father earned a living out of gardening and grape production. I went to university and found employment in the city, but still do part-time farming in this arid land. I planted my first almond trees in 2013. I have turned vineyards and arable land into almond orchards. I share my observations, trials and agricultural practices in this blog , where you can find my experiences in extensive almond farming under dry and severe conditions.

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  1. very interesting! I am investigating to purchase a large estate in Mallorca 110 hectares with 70 hectares designated for an almond orchard. I plan to build it from the ground (the existing trees are too old) including rain water harvesting via drainage and micro irrigation (no ground water). I am a IT technologist myself and want this “farm”to be as sustainable as possible.

    I would very much like to exchange ideas with you and see how we can help eachother.

    Best regards,

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  2. And I thought I was the only one! Well not really but one of few. I am raising dryland almonds, pistachios, grapes and summer watermelons in Southern Utah. From the looks of it, our soils are very similar. We receive 20 – 25 centimeters of rain. Keep up the great work. You can check out a few of my pictures by searching for Rabbit and Raven Farms Dalton Wash Utah. My Best,

    Jeff Brown

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    1. Thank you Jeff. La Mancha and Utah have many things in common. The most inspiring book on dry farming (and the only one that I really know about this topic) that I have ever read was writen many years ago by John Andreas Widtsoe, head of the former Utah Agricultural Station. I have looked at your pictures in google+ and they are very familiar to me. Let’s bet on this low cost agriculture! Set a good regime and leave the rest to nature!

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  3. Qué grande eres Antonio! Acabo de conocer tu blog, y me parece genial. Mi contacto con el campo, no va más allá del senderismo y del huerto en casa, pero me emociona ver cómo comparte tu experiencia y tu trabajo duro en las tierras áridas de la Mancha que nos vieron crecer. Enhorabuena, y a ver si nos vemos pronto! Un fuerte abrazo.

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