HMC Farms: Giving school gardens to Oakland

Article courtesy of Western Growers On a rainy day in late March, Drew and Chelsea (McClarty) Ketelsen of HMC Farms and I made a whirlwind tour around Oakland, CA. The McClartys had donated $10,000 to the Foundation and, after a rigorous application process, Western Growers Foundation awarded several Oakland schools $1,000 each to grow and…

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Tree Fruit Update 5/20/11

It appears that this year we will move directly from winter into summer. With a chance of rain still in the forecast for the next few days it seems mother nature will do what she wants. Early next week is predicted to be sunny and in the 80’s with another chance of rain at the…

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Tree Fruit Update 5/6/11

Stone fruit season is right around the corner, and things have been heating up in the Valley. It doesn’t appear things will stay hot for long, but if they do the season could be coming even sooner then anticipated. What does this mean for the fruit if things continue this direction? A large increase of…

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Pluots simply a branded plum

Flavorosa & Flavorich are commonly known as plums within the industry but are technically branded as pluots by the nursery. While some pluots like the Dapple Dandy and Flavor Grenade follow common characteristics of a pluot, many other plums are being thrown into the pluot category that do not have any special characteristics. If it…

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Our solar farm has arrived!

Last year, HMC Farms installed the industry’s largest solar farm, with enough solar panels to generate 2.5 megawatts of renewable energy daily. To put it into perspective, this amount of solar energy would power 2,500 homes! HMC was one of the first tree fruit packing houses and cold storage facilities in the San Joaquin Valley…

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