Hodge's Nursery & Gifts is a "throwback" nursery in that they grow most of the plants & trees they sell. Ken Hodge will be giving tours of the nursery for this special event. The "Demonstration Fruit Orchard & Grape Vineyard" is one of the nursery's favorite tours. Ken will show you how to keep your fruit trees just 5 feet tall & produce bushels of fruit. This demonstration orchard has over 160 different fruit, citrus, grapes, avocados & berries for you to see, how to grow in your own yard. With 5 acres of plants & trees and a Gift Shop, Hodge's will have what you need.
We start & end the day by enjoying the beauty of the plants growing in the nursery. After that we check the irrigation system & look for needs in the nursery, like pruning, transplanting & thinning. Weeding & looking for plant's needs, such as fertilizing & staking is also part of our day. Most important is helping our friends & customers with their special plant & trees needs.
It's always a challenge to recommend the best plants & trees for people's needs. So listening & asking them to take pictures with their cell phones or bring in samples of plants they want is very helpful.
I was asked to grow the 100's of red & white roses for the 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station #5 in Chico. It was great to work with all the local fire fighters. And now we still work together to maintain the Memorial.
The most interesting part of this nursery is getting in new plants & trees, especially fruit trees. This year, we had 250 different varieties of fruit trees, citrus & avocados.
The most memorable experience of the farm trail, was a nice gentleman set up his marriage proposal for his fiancee, last year during the farm trail.
This is our third year on the farm trail.
It is a great way for people to see the different work in agriculture. Most of us don't make that much income, but it is a way of life.
The farm, trail is always trying to add new venues in the field of agriculture. We had quite a variety in Butte County.
Probably my Dad. Although he was an Anesthesiologist MD, he grew up on a poor farm in Florin & learned how to grow the families food. As a 5 year old, I was in charge of the huge family garden, taking more responsibility every year as I got older. But I was allowed to sell the produce throughout the neighborhood & I learned how to have my own farming income, very young.
It's getting more important every year to support local mom & pop businesses whether it is farming or others. They give the most back to the community & volunteer the most as well. This is the age of the box store, but we always try to support the local folks to keep these people thriving.