The Almond Board of California works with its grower-members to research and implement water-saving efforts throughout the community. Over the past twenty years, California almond farmers have reduced the amount of water used to grow a pound of almonds by 33% through the use of microirrigation – targeting water applications directly at the roots instead of using flood irrigation or large sprinklers. The grower community has committed to reducing water usage by an additional 20% by 2025.
Another benefit of California’s almond orchards is the relationship between the trees and bees. Almond trees rely on bees to cross-pollinate from tree to tree each spring. Almond blooms provide the bees with their first natural source of food each year, and almond pollen is highly nutritious. Honey bees routinely leave stronger after visiting the orchards.