The Almond tree is a well known tree in our semi-dry area, and even on our farm! We already have around 400 almond trees, by far the most of our productive trees. As this tree does well in our climate, we have chosen this tree in our syntropic experiment field to make it easier for farmers from around to copy the same model and principles to their almond orchard. Once this experiment is succesful, we can scale it to our existing almond trees to have an even bigger impact! Almond trees may have been one of the earliest trees that people cultivated. In Jordan, archaeologists have found evidence of domesticated almond trees dating back some 5,000 years.
Almonds are high in
Consuming almonds can increase vitamin E levels while lower overall cholesterol levels. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help stop the oxidization process that causes cholesterol to clog the arteries.
Benefits to our planet
But this tree is not only good for your health and taste buds! The white/pink flowers of this tree are well known for their beauty and attracting a lot of pollinators! The majority of almonds on our tables are coming from mega farms like in California, that are planted in monoculture with high inputs of chemicals and are depleting our soils, water resources and bee populations.
If planted in diversity of other species, the almond tree benefits the ecosystem by being a 'pioneer' that provides shade for other species and help developing the under ground soil web that help distributing nutrients and better holding on to water.
Around the Almond tree we will plant multiple different species with the principles of Syntropic Agroforestry, where we mimic the principles of nature and forests. This will be an experiment that we have not found any other research / data for, we hope it will inspire other farmers to transform their farms improving their financial viability and the ecosystem they live in.
The almond is not really a nut, but actually a seed. Our friends love to come over to our farm to help harvesting and break open the husks with stones to enjoy a lot of fresh almonds! We had to become an expert on almonds as quick as we could on our farm as we are surrounded by almond trees. Farmers around us struggle with almond trees for profitability as they receive less than €1 per kg of almonds, harvests vary a lot based on seasonal impact and it takes quite some work to break open the husk in which the almond is.
By adopting an Almond tree you will get:
- A certificate of adoption for you or the person you wish to offer it
- The possibility to visit & get a private tour of the farm. You will be able to see the progress of your tree(s) and its impact on the ecosystem.