Celebrating World Bee Day

Bees

Guess what? Yesterday was the first annual World Bee Day! The holiday is about spreading awareness of the significance of bees and came about as the result of a recently adopted UN resolution. It will be on May 20th every year which is also the birthday of Anton Janša, a teacher of apiculture and pioneer of […]

Posted on May 21st, 2018

Making Almond Products is a Zero Waste Business

Almond Shells

Here at Maisie Jane’s we believe in using every part of the almonds we harvest. Luckily, processing almonds is a very efficient system, leaving zero waste with all the by-products and creative uses of them. Ever since the early 60’s there has been a stable market for almond hulls to the dairy industry.  This is where the […]

Posted on May 8th, 2018

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day

Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day! 48 years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people banded together in the United States to demand clean air, clean water, and a healthier approach to how we as a nation treated the environment. Smog had become deadly, our waterways were so polluted some rivers actually caught on […]

Posted on April 20th, 2018

Natural or Organic Almond Butter?

If you visit the nut butter section of our online store you’ll notice that you often have a choice between natural or organic. People sometimes say “Natural is good, right? Is something labeled “organic” really any better for you?” But we know what they really mean: “Is organic worth the price?” Great question! And, of […]

Posted on April 5th, 2018

Update on How the Honey Bees Are Doing

honeybees on honeycomb

About 10 years ago beekeepers began to report unusually high losses of 30-90 percent of their hives. Worker bees would suddenly leave the hive, leaving the queen and the young behind, and without the workers the rest of the hive would eventually die. The phenomenon was called Colony Collapse Disorder and it became a very troubling […]

Posted on March 8th, 2018

Almond Growing and Sustainable Farming

Hurtado Family

Maisie Jane’s is very proud to be part of an industry with a strong focus on healthy and sustainable farming practices. At the 45th annual Almond Conference put on by the Almond Board this past December, Almond Board Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Gabriele Ludwig introduced a new and interesting publication called Growing Good. It showcases the fine […]

Posted on January 9th, 2018

Thankful to Be Family Farming!

Hurtado Family

At Maisie Jane’s, farming is definitely a family affair—we’ve been at it for four generations!  And as we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving, we can’t help but be thankful to be family farming together. What’s great about family farming? Where do I begin?!! According to a United States Department of Agriculture study and a variety of […]

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

It’s Almond Harvest Season!

roasted almonds

We’ve been in almond harvesting season here in Chico, CA and that means it’s time to shake those nuts from the tree! At harvest time, we use mechanical shakers to get the nuts to fall. And you better stay out of the way when it happens because as you can see in the above video made […]

Posted on September 20th, 2017

Maisie Jane’s Top 3 Favorite Farming Traditions

Hurtado Family

From climbing almond hull piles 10 stories high to hay rides celebrating the bounty of harvest, Maisie Jane shares some of her favorite farming traditions and what she’s continually trying to expose her daughters too. What was your favorite family tradition growing up? Working side by side with my family. I always enjoyed working with […]

Posted on August 30th, 2017

4 Key Components of Sustainable Family Farming at Maisie Jane’s

orchard-harvest

  Farming is a big responsibility. Less than 1% of the population in the United States are farmers – a few people with a big responsibility. At Maisie Jane’s, being sustainable means grasping that responsibility to the fullest and viewing farming as more than a paycheck. It’s being able to confidently know that you’re doing […]

Posted on August 14th, 2017