I spent this week touring nurseries and talking to growers in the Central Valley and on the north-central coast.
It was hot in the Central Valley. During the afternoons I saw thermometers reading 105 °F. A storm knocked out power for about 20 hours in Visalia while I was there. This caused a crisis for many growers, since so many day to day functions are automated by things that use electricity.
I had some great discussions with growers about the industry, growing procedures and techniques, and product preferences. I’ve now visited 27 nurseries this summer, and my picture of the California nursery industry is beginning to come into focus.