Gemperle Orchards

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Christine and her brother Erich have been growing almonds since 1999, the year they purchased their farm in Ceres, California. Now, the sibling duo farms 40 acres in Ceres and 92 acres in Gustine. Throughout the last two decades of their farming careers, they have sought to learn more about better farming practices; not just to be better stewards of their land for future generations, but also to be more profitable. Christine and Erich’s orchard practices include planting cover crops, monitoring soil moisture, and whole orchard recycling. Christine has become an influential almond industry leader and is on the Almond Board of California’s Board of Directors. All of the Gemperle’s endeavors are with the mindset of conserving natural resources, providing habitat for the pollinators their almonds rely on, and increasing their bottom line.
Region: North San Joaquin Valley
Production Systems: Orchard and Vine Crops
Crops/products: Almonds
Conservation Practices: Biochar, Biological Amendments, Compost Application, Conservation Cover, Cover Crop, Hedgerow Planting, Integrated Pest Management, Irrigation Water Management, Mating Disruption, Mulching, Nutrient Management, On-Farm Produced Compost, Pollinator Habitat, Regenerative Farming Practices, Residue And Tillage Management, Reduced Till, Whole Orchard Recycling


Christine Gemperle
Farm Owner
Networks/Hubs: Almond Alliance, Almond Board of California, American Farmland Trust, Blue Diamond, California Farm Bureau, CDFA Healthy Soils Incentives Program, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), UCANR UCCE