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Almond Pollination Season Underway in the Central Valley
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Jimmy Gardiner is a local almond farmer and beekeeper. He does both because, without bees, there can be no almonds.

Bees carry pollen from flowers to almond trees, allowing the almonds to blossom. It's called cross-pollination. It's a harmonious relationship.

"This is the first crop, the first food source really coming out of a winter that gets them going for the rest of the year," said Gardiner.

Bees don't just pollinate almond trees, but most of the food we eat.

"If you look at your plate, off of those 90 crops, there's quite a few items that a bee has touched that we're eating off of every single day," said Gardiner. 

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, bees are responsible for about one-third of food production around the globe. This is why these tiny but crucial creatures are being shipped to the Central Valley.

"We also have partnerships with beekeepers that we've had for 10 years that are coming from different areas, different states, or different parts of California," said Gardiner.

So as long as busy bees are buzzing, Central Valley farms will keep producing food for us and the rest of the world. 

About the Almond Board of California

California almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research, and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 6,800 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.