Churchill Orchard in the Ojai Valley is in the beautiful East End of the Ojai Valley in Southern California.
We grow about 12 acres of tangerines – mostly Pixie tangerines, Seedless Kishu tangerines, and Page tangors, – and 3 acres of avocados – Hass, Fuerte, and Bacon varieties, plus a single magnificent Mexicola Grande. Everything we grow is CCOF-certified Organic.
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Our web store offers mail order service during our growing season – late January thru May. We offer Kishu Mandarins in February (short season), followed by Pixie tangerines, Hass avocados, sometimes other seasonal delights depending on our supply. Our catalog is open year round for browsing.
What a Spring we’ve had. The rain’s restored years worth of water deficit in a few months, but with nice sunny breaks between the storms.
The whole orchard is bursting forth – leaves, flowers, roots, shoots — and weeds. Oh yeah.
Lots of mowing, flailing, pruning, raking. When we finally get a handle on all that vegetation, it will be time to start irrigating again. And to let the trees do their work making next year’s fruit.
So far so good. The rain has really been the best.
News from the Grove
We had a block of Pixie trees that turned out to be growing on the wrong rootstock. Turns out that the wrong rootstock for Pixies is a good rootstock for Kishus. So we are grafting – or “topworking” – them over to Kishus. Yes, more Kishu trees. Grafting? Yes –… Read more
Our friends at Ventura Spirits have been incorporating our Pixies into their excellent Wilder Gin for some time now. We’re delighted to be an ingredient in the Wilder. Ventura Spirits has just released a Pixie Collins – you can see their handiwork here: https://venturaspirits.com/products/pixie-collins Read more
When creeks rise in southern California, dry beds become turbulent torrents. We put together a little video to show how storm flows look in the East End of Ojai. https://vimeo.com/788758343 Nikos, born in the drought, gets his first glimpse of Ojai’s waterways in full flood. The Ojai Valley is 100%… Read more
A week of serious storms approaches from the Pacific. Winter rain looms large in our history. We need it, and yet… A very very hard rain can end Kishsu season just by beating the delicate skins until they bruise or break. We get a lot of exercise trying to preserve… Read more
Fall is a wonderful time at Churchill Orchard. Summer is over – summer’s a hard time at the orchard, hot and kinda dull, with lots of repetitive walking of irrigation lines and checking on gopher traps. In the fall, after the heat breaks, all kinds of things start happening. *… Read more
April is a glorious and fragrant time in the orchard. Fruit and flowers abound, and the air is delicious. April is also harvest time for Pixies, and most of our other varieties, so it’s the busiest time. Here are some pictures of the beautiful bloom – we smile as we hustle… Read more