When you search for Dino Giacomazzi online, you find a farmer who is focused on the environment. You also read a lot about dairy farming, but last year, the Giacomazzi family sold the cows & shifted their focus to crops including the almonds they had nurtured for the past five years. Dino shares how that came to happen and how environmental sustainability learned in the dairy is leading to innovation in reducing water use. He also has sons (12 yr old Miro & 7 yr old Gio) join us to discuss the new business they started while out of school due to the corona virus.
Growing Almonds — Two of the Hottest Topics
Dino says he’s known people ask certain questions about almonds, but the family’s move to a direct supplier – customer means he gets those questions more directly. Appreciate his addressing the question of bee health and water use as both topics have been discussed widely but rarely include a farmer’s voice.
What Growing Almonds Looks Like
Millions of Americans eat almonds, but only a few of us have ever been lucky enough to go visit an almond farm. This post provides photos and videos that will help you visualize almond trees and get a feel for farms like the Giacomazzis.
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- Blog post that includes a look at almond trees at various times of year
- Buying almonds from the Giacomazzi Brothers or GBNuts.com
- Video of Dino and his father Don on the dairy farm with a post I wrote while visiting years ago
- Article highlighting some of the environmental work in almonds Dino is doing
- Video of the Giacomazzi Brothers
- Nut milking exposed video (so funny)
Other links of interest: