Posted May 29, 2013

Cody Lehman grew up near Burbank California where he worked for his family's construction company. He and Brittany Jackson got married in September of 2006 and Cody began working for his father-in-law Brent to learn the ropes of farming. This summer season will be his 7th season of growing fruit. I met with Cody to ask him a few questions at his home in Kingsburg about farming.

Q: Over the years what process or...

Posted May 22, 2013
Posted May 20, 2013

Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.

Wallace Bruce

On May 23, Arlington will transform into waving rows of red, white and blue in preparation for Memorial Day. In the following days, thousands of flags and candles...

Posted May 17, 2013
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Posted April 18, 2013

The sweet smell of apricots tells us summer has arrived here in the central valley of California! These small golden fruits originated in China and were later introduced to Europe and Armenia. In 1720, the apricot tree made its way to Virginia but it wasn’t until 1792 that the tree became popular in North America. Apricots not only taste good, they are also packed with good nutrients! Some of the nutrients found in apricots...

Posted April 9, 2013

Ryan Jackson is passionate about three main things: the Lord, his family, and farming. He grew up on and around the farm - learning the ropes from his dad was more like a part of normal day to day life than job training or working. From as young as five, he and his brothers would be given small tasks around the ranches such as pruning, suckering the trees, talking with field workers to learn Spanish, and driving tractor. They...

Posted April 4, 2013

We're only a few weeks out from starting the 2013 stone fruit season, and we couldn't be more excited! Here is a slideshow of how the fruit is looking so far!

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Posted February 28, 2013

Spring is a busy time of year in the orchards.

Our packing facilities and cold storages are undergoing a thorough deep cleaning before we begin the new season - repairing and sanitizing the machinery, cleaning all the storage totes, and other general maintenance.

And in the fields things are picking up rather quickly. The buds on the trees are all bursting open, with swarms of bees released among the trees...

Posted April 19, 2013

Brody Wilgenburg married Janelle Jackson in May of 2007. Brody grew up on a dairy in Hanford and attended Central Valley Christian High School. He then continued on to Cal Poly San Luis and graduated with a degree in Engineering. He and Janelle have three children, Jace, Bailey, and Brooklyn. I asked Brody a few questions about his start in farming stone fruit and this is what he said:

Q: When did you start working...

Posted February 20, 2013

Written by Heidi Jackson

It’s another summer morning and I’m awoken to the sound of the old rooster crowing right by my bedroom window - sometimes I thought my dad put food up on the tree by my window or trained him to go up there; whatever the case was, that old rooster never failed to wake me up in the summer. I give up on sleeping in longer. As always, the bird wins. I’m dressed and ready for the day, eating my...

Posted February 12, 2013

The Chinese New Year is one of the most important of Chinese holidays, as it welcomes Spring in the lunisolar calendar. It is celebrated officially in over 9 countries, as well as unofficially in Chinatowns around the world. It begins on the first day of the lunisolar calender - this year, February 10th - and ends on the 15th day (Feb 24th) with the Lantern Festival. In Malaysia and Singapore, the 15th day is also viewed as a...

Posted January 30, 2013

Each year, we partner with Military commissaries in various reaches of the globe for our annual "Dinolicious" display contest. We receive many outstanding entries and would like to share their creativity and passion with you here. This slideshow is a collection of entries from 2009-2012 that we displayed at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit 2012 in Anaheim, California. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have...

Posted January 10, 2013

The thick, misty grey Tulle fog has settled in over the Valley and will be coming and going until March. The leaves have all dropped from the trees, leaving limbs exposed and bare – rather eerily poking through the fog blanket. It may appear like the orchards have been left for dead, but in reality, they are getting a much-needed rest during their dormancy. In fact, each variety needs a certain number of chill hours to reach...

Posted January 4, 2013

When did you start working at Kingsburg Orchards?

I began working at Kingsburg Orchards when I was very young. I don’t really remember the exact time in my life, but my dad would get me out there and show me the ropes.

Over the years, what process or technology do you think has been most helpful? Why?

I don’t quite know what has been most helpful because each...

Posted December 14, 2012

I wrote this back in 2009 and as we get into the holiday spirit full swing around here, I thought I'd reach back into the archives and share it with you:

It’s the week before Christmas here at Kingsburg Orchards,
And not a single employee feels like they’ve been tortured.
From the salesmen to shipping to our filing clerks,
We’re enjoying the season and all of its perks.

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Posted November 6, 2012

Health goes beyond just what you put into your body - and  even though studies have shown the cancer-fighting properties of stone fruit (we love antioxidants!), we figure if our fruit is fighting cancer, then so should we. Many of our team already support Breast Cancer awareness in October, but our salesman, Jose Herrera, brought this campaign to the attention of those of us in the office, and we've started up a team. Start...

Posted November 6, 2012

If you drive past our orchards, you will find that many of our trees are growing in a 'V' shape. There are many reasons for this, including increased sunlight into the center of the tree, which leads to improved and more even crop production, better flavor because of the extra nutrients this sunlight provides and various other factors. This style of trellis was developed in Australia and is called the Tatura Trellis System....

Posted November 6, 2012

Thanksgiving: The development of an attitude of gratitude for what you have been given

For those of you who follow us on Twitter, you may have seen our November 1st post, but if not I'll quote it here: "Start the month off right: make a list of 5 things you are thankful for today. Add 1 thing each day until Thanksgiving. Share your list."

In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, it is often too easy to forget...

Posted November 6, 2012

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