A Start In Life - A Journey Across America - Fruit Farming In California By C.F. Dowsett

 -  We have good
evidence that the land is especially suited for the production of
prunes, apricots, pears, peaches, olives, plums - Page 60
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We Have Good Evidence That The Land Is Especially Suited For The Production Of Prunes, Apricots, Pears, Peaches, Olives, Plums, Small Fruit, Such As Strawberries, Blackberries, Sweet And Common Potatoes, Garden Stuff, And Alfalfa.

Alfalfa (or lucerne) is a great crop in America in places where there are no old meadow lands for the cows.

The land is, of course, suited for all cereal crops, too. All the Fruits named can be dried in the sun without artificial heat.

The lands are about 160 to 165 feet above the level of the sea, and, in common with all the country round, they command a view on the one side of the grand snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, and on the other of the mountains known as the Coast Range. Immense flocks of wild geese and ducks (principally geese), are often on the land. There are also "rabbits" on the land (so called), but they more resemble hares in their size and habits and run.

There are some excellent Fruit orchards and gardens at Merced. In the grounds around the Court House are some very fine orange trees, full of fruit, and also in the gardens of private residents. One gentleman kindly sent a bough of oranges, and other gentlemen sent other Fruits, which may be seen at our offices. At the Buhach Colony, near the town of Merced, are extensive orchards of Californian Fruits. Mr. Atwater's gardens and orchard, a few miles from the town, are worth inspection. He has two magnificent olive trees, nine or ten years' old, which bear heavy crops, and which are used for the production of olive oil; his vineyard and orange orchard, his lemon and persimmon trees, all look very prosperous.

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