But the money in agriculture was slow and the labor involved could be brutal.

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Imagine towering cottonwoods and willows by a wandering stream, date palms and abundant wildlife, all hidden away in some of the most spectacular scenery the desert has to offer. The Old Spanish Trail is within walking distance, as is the historic Tonopah & Tidewater railroad bed.

Hike to nearby abandoned mines if you wish, or just relax and browse through our store.

For six months, I called long distance and drove back roads to talk to farmers and ranchers about dating and marriage.

Some of the men and women I met were hitched and some were single.

A group of young pasture-based livestock farmers in Northern California told me they weren’t ready to commit to anything—to farming or to relationships.

They had moved from the city after college with the noble vision of raising animals under the sun and on grass, instead of animals slammed into pens and bulked up on growth-hormones.We offer several varieties of California dates as well as our own hybrids.Try some delicious date nut bread, muffins or cookies, or take home one of our unique hand-crafted gifts.When traveling through the Death Valley area consider visiting beautiful China Ranch, near Tecopa California.China Ranch is a family owned and operated small farm, a lush piece of greenery amidst the forbidding Mojave Desert near Southern Death Valley.Camping, motels and free natural hot mineral baths are available in nearby Tecopa Hot Springs and Shoshone.