Burchell Nursery Sponsors the Inaugural Annual 5K Fruit Tree Run/Walk

New technology, improved equipment and the hard work of the Samran brothers, owners of Billu Farming, produce almonds and grapes near the Bonita District on Avenue 14 and Road 19.

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The brothers have formed a non profit organization to promote family health, Samran said.

“Getting grandparents out exercising and the kids involved is how it started,” he said.

Their first event, the 5K Fruit Tree Walk Run, is this Saturday, Aug. 12, at Lions Town and Country Park. Race registration is $20 advance $25 day of event per participant with a $10 discount for those 10 and younger and 60 or older, he said. Plans are for the group to stage quarterly events.

Each participant will receive a complementary fruit tree of their choice, such as oranges, peaches, blueberries and boysenberries provided by a sponsor, Burchell Nursery.

Proceeds and donations from the race benefit Madera special-needs sports and recreation programs.

See this article on the Madera Tribune’s website. Click here

The Burchell Nursery Takes on Enormous Project with the Help of Agra Tech

By embarking on an ambitious three-phase project consisting of a screen house, a head house and a greenhouse for insect exclusion and a standalone propagation house in conjunction with Agra Tech, Inc., the Burchell Nursery is poised to start a new chapter in almond and citrus tree production.

The story of growth at Burchell Nursery is astounding and takes place in both Fowler and Oakdale, CA. Since its inception in 1942, the operation has grown from 10,000 trees annually to over 3 million; 1.5 acres to more than 1,000; and from 5,000 square feet of greenhouse space to more than 130,000. This third-generation company is literally growing in front of our eyes and now their current project is taking them to a whole new level…

See this article on Agra Tech’s website. Click here

Optimizing Production a Nursery Focus

It’s rare to find an agriculture nursery that also breeds and researches variety and rootstock combinations. A longtime Central Valley nursery does just that, focusing on optimizing production. Most growers are familiar with Burchell Nursery, located in Fresno County. Product development and plant breeder John Slaughter said his company takes many things into consideration with its trials at the nursery.

See this article on the AG Net West website. Click here.

The Fruit of Peace –
Extending an Olive Branch

The Tomorrow’s Harvest® Olive Twist Tree is made from two different plants that are twisted together as one. The idea for the twist came from our participation in an effort to bring two different peoples together.

In December 2006, 164 olive trees were planted into the Iraqi soil of Camp Anaconda. At the same time but over 7,600 miles away, another 164 olive plants from the same source were planted in California.

These plants symbolize a link of peace between the two nations and a lasting legacy of the partnership between U.S. forces and the people of Iraq.

Master Sgt. Patricia Marsano coordinated with local Iraqi civilians to make this project a reality. American companies contributed to the gesture with generous donations. Burchell Nursery supplied the plants, while the California Rare Fruit Growers coordinated the effort, and FedEx shipped the plants to Camp Anaconda.

These plants remind us of the ongoing connection we all have with our brothers and sisters in other countries who need an olive branch extended in peace.

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