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Almond/vitis/legume/clover polyculture with drip irrigation, a value added proposition for central valley almond producers

October 27, 2015

Almond/vitis/legume/clover polyculture with drip irrigation, a value added proposition for central valley almond producers.

Almonds are a wasteful use of water considering their use in a monoculture system, Almonds might have enduring value as a part of a complex polyculture. Two come to mind; a nitrogen-fixing honeybee polyculture and a truck farm polyculture

(A ((1) Legumes and clover fix nitrogen and share with Almond crop root systems

(A)(2) Legumes and Clover together with Almond blooms fix beehives throughout most of the year with a nectar/pollen source. Honey as product along with Almonds.

(A)(3) Legumes and Clover provide cover for retention of drip water irrigation

(B)(1) Almond tree trunks and a trellis system provide for a Vitis/Caria illinoinensis) culture.

(B)(2) Grape clusters will find themselves in the hot sun partially shaded by Almond leaves and branches leading to a new terrier and perhaps a hedge against global warming.

(B)(3) Its intended for the grape-vine to use the tree and its branches as a trellis over many decades.

(C)(1) Truck farm (vegetables) grown along with the fruit trees could allow for an added value for the water used.

(C)(2) Small ruminants could keep the cover crops in condition with a dairy product

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