Chaffin Family Orchards is a diversified family farm near Oroville, California. It began early in the 20th century when Del Chaffin came to the site as a farm manager for a UC Berkeley research station. Over time the Chaffin Orchards has grown into a 2,000 acre farm that also includes cattle, sheep, goats, chickens and the olive orchards diversified with over 40 different heirloom varieties of orchard fruit including citrus, stone fruits, and avocados. Five generations later, Del’s granddaughter, Carol Albrecht, and her husband Kurt Albrecht are still running the family farm.
The use of livestock in the orchards creates a truly unique farm setting. The cattle and sheep mow and keep the orchard floors clean of tall grasses. The chickens work to keep bug populations in check and to deposit their high nitrogen manure throughout the farm. The goats do light pruning and handle invasive weeds. This offers Feather Down guests the opportunity to be a part of sustainable farming in California's fertile Sacramento Valley. With animals to feed, eggs to collect, and orchards to tend, there is always a myriad of work to see going on at the farm. There are plenty of exciting activities for children as well with creeks to explore and a scavenger hunt through the orchards. And finally, don't forget the many breathtaking views that the farm has to offer; the farm’s private lake on top of Table Mountain is an especially magical and serene place to relax.
Over a century since its beginnings, the farm continues to be an exciting place to live and work as we strive to produce the best food possible while giving back to the land. We would love to have your family be part of the farm experience. Our entire farm family looks forward welcoming you at Chaffin Family Orchards.