Amma's Orchard

Amma's Orchard

M.A. Center San Ramone, California

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April 8-12, 2019 Soil Food Web Course with Dr. Ingham

April 8-12, 2019 Soil Food Web Course with Dr. Ingham

Description Make your plant yields abundant by attending the Soil Food Web Course. You can sign up for 1 day, 2 days, or all 5 days at GreenFriends Farm in Califonia. WHO: This workshop is for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, […]

2018: A Commitment to Trees

2018: A Commitment to Trees

Amma constantly emphasizes the importance of planting trees and helping to restore the balance of Mother Nature. She says, “Each family should grow trees and plants in their yard. Planting a tree is selfless service to society. Just as we enjoy the presence of trees […]

A Volunteer Testimonial

A Volunteer Testimonial

“It is such a pleasure to work with Greenfriends Farm. Without any previous farming experience I sincerely feel useful with all the support and direction provided by the team. There is a variety of projects one can become a part of, whether making sure trees get enough water or picking up fruits, activities can turn very exciting and fun. It feels empowering to sustain Mother Earth, I am able to appreciate the surrounding nature, be present and purposeful at the same time. There is so much love and care invested for the trees in the big orchard and soon we’ll be planting many trees in the new Lotus Orchard which I can already tell will be a rewarding experience. Planting more trees can’t get any better!”

Beatriz Sanchez~ M.A. Center Volunteer

A New Year on the Farm

A New Year on the Farm

We are happy that the new year has blessed us with lots of rain and a full pond. The swans and frogs are happy too! The hills are turning a brilliant green and the surrounding wildlife is thriving.

Sadly we lost 60 trees to gophers last year, a hard reality to swallow, but undeterred we keep planting on. We have several tree plantings scheduled for the spring season. This time we will be using more preventive measures to protect the trees from the gophers by using gopher baskets. Gopher baskets are large mesh wire baskets that are put in the hole before the new tree is planted. Gophers can’t get through the wire mesh and so the juicy young tree roots are protected until they are large enough that the gophers cant chew them and kill the new tree.

Preparations are under way for the big tree planting at the end of the month where we will be joining forces with Common Vision and several groups of youth. We are currently digging lots of holes and preparing the new trees a permanent home. We want to send a special thank you to our Saturday volunteer crew who have been tirelessly shoveling dirt, and to those who have been helping us make our tree planting event possible.
Come join us in the lush green hills to dig a hole and plant a tree!

2015 Achievements

2015 Achievements

2015 has been a very busy year here at the Farm. At the start of the year Common Vision and Green Friends Farm joined forces with Girl Guides and planted 64 trees in total. In March, NetApp also jumped in and helped us plant 49 […]

The Soil Food Web 2015

The Soil Food Web 2015

The Soil Food Web with Dr. Elaine Ingham April 13-17th, 2015   For the eighth year in a row, GreenFriends Farm hosted Dr. Elaine Ingham, a world renowned soil biologist, for a soil food web workshop. Participants came from around the country and from as […]

Tree Planting with NetApp

Tree Planting with NetApp

On March 4th, NetApp, a network data storage company, took some time away from their busy office to come volunteer their time in Amma’s Orchard on GreenFriends Farm. Twenty people climbed into the green hills to fill their afternoon with learning while making a difference.  As the group meandered their way around the sunny orchard they learned about our swales, soil building techniques, the importance of fungi, and so much more.

GreenFriends Farm regularly hosts fruit tree plantings, but this planting was designated for trees that would help to minimize the extreme weather conditions for the fruit trees in the higher parts of the orchard in order to increase productivity.  Plants were selected for their size and drought tolerance. They will help to:

  • Shade the soil, keeping the crucial soil biology thriving
  • Keep the trees protected from harsh winds that can damage the trees and dry out the soil
  • Add diversity to the orchard, increasing wildlife on the Farm, and decreasing pest issues.

The team was asked to plant 49 of these supporting trees for the orchard, and they had them all planted, watered and mulched within two hours!

Way to go NetApp! Thank you!

Everyone had such a good time and they plan to come help twice a year. The GreenFriends Farm team is so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with such a great group of people.

If you ever want to come help out in the ever expanding and growing orchard, let us know!

First tree planting of 2015!

First tree planting of 2015!

  On January 31st, GreenFriends Farm was buzzing with activity. In the morning, an enthusiastic group of Girl Scouts, ages 6-10, climbed up the rolling green hills into the Maha orchard, and proceeded to get their hands dirty planting trees. They were met by the […]


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