Looking to plant a walnut orchard on land with irrigation rights.
I have 5 years of experience working in walnut, almond and pistachio orchards in California, and 2 years experience managing a 1.5 acre walnut orchard in Spokane County. I'm now looking into planting a new walnut orchard somewhere around Spokane.
I would love to purchase 5-10 acres of land with irrigation rights and soils suitable for walnut planting. My wife is a wedding coordinator and she would love to use the orchard as a wedding venue. I am open to the idea of a lease or other type of farming arrangement as well. I'm also interested in other specialty crops and have some experience managing livestock.
I grew up in a rural part of Merced County, California where I raised market lambs and oak trees in 4-H and FFA. I have a B.S. degree in Environmental Management and Protection from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. My first job was with the University of California Extension in Merced County. I began as a summer helper for the Vegetable Crops Farm Advisor and then became a Staff Research Associate for the Pomology Farm Advisor. I worked on many research projects within nut orchards focusing on irrigation, disease management, pruning strategies, tree spacing, and plant nutrition. I moved to Spokane after I fell in love with a woman who was born and raised here. I started working for a landscaping company as a spray technician where I used herbicides and fertilizer to care for lawns. One day I was sent to spray a property with a 1.5 acre walnut orchard that was planted in the 80s. After talking to the property owners, I began to manage the irrigation, fertilizing, pruning and harvesting of the trees. Within two years of managing the orchard I have increased the productivity and beauty of the trees. I have now started my own farming and landscaping business and am looking for more farm work. I also work part time at a farm on Green Bluff where I am learning about growing other specialty crops here in Spokane County.
Set up an irrigation system and start planting trees. Walnuts take 5-10 years of growing before significant yields are produced. Hay can be farmed between tree rows while the young trees are growing.