Capay Hills Orchard is a true family farm. In 2009 while Brian was an active USAF pilot, Gretchen and their six (yes, 6) children, many friends, and extended family gathered to remove many 100 year old almond trees and plant a new, 1400-tree organic certified almond orchard. Operations were soon expanded include organic mandarin and naval oranges. Each child accepted a role in the farm operation and sales. Brian transitioned from full time Air Force and commercial pilot to full time farmer. They sell unpasteurized almonds, almond butter and smoked almonds through their roadside stand and website. Uniquely, they harvest on tarps, not the orchard floor. They practice regenerative agriculture and often host university research and farm educational outreach programs.