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Join West Coast Nut Magazine and friends of agriculture to Support NICKELS SOIL LAB

At West Coast Nut, we care about California agriculture and its future, that's why we support Nickels Soil Lab.

Thank you to all those who generously donated to support the Nickels Soil Lab – operated by Leslie J. Nickels Trust – this past year and particularly our fundraiser dinner this fall! Your support has kept us going as 2022 ends and new year tasks ramp up.

What’s happening at the Nickels Soil Lab this winter? Removal of older, less productive orchards to reduce costs while new (2017 and 2019) plantings continue to grow and, weather permitting, increase production. Orchard sanitation for navel orangeworm management in January (before early bud swell).

If you have not yet, please consider a donation to support Nickels Soil Lab. Your donation will help Nickels Soil Lab (NSL) continue to provide valuable research results to strengthen California agriculture in 2023 and regroup for new, innovative (lower input cost) plantings in 2024. With your support, this privately owned research farm will continue to work with the University of California, growers and industry to support tree crop production and local communities for another 50 years.

Click Here to Learn More About Nickels Soil Lab

How can you help?

Join our Fundraiser Dinner

Crain Orchards will match (1:2) donations from walnut growers and industry up to a total of $70,000.

December 16, 2022
California Agriculture Museum

Nickels Soil Lab Fundraiser Dinner

Date: December 16, 2022
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: California Agriculture Museum, Woodland CA
1962 Hays Lane, Woodland CA, 95776

The evening event includes a mixer, dinner, raffle giveaways and auction items for sale in support of Nickels Soil Lab.

Reserve your Seat (space is limited). See below for sponsorship opportunities.

Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law, dinner is valued at $50 per seat.


Introducing our evening's Comedian, Jeff Applebaum

A native New Yorker, Jeff has appeared on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Comics Unleashed, America's Got Talent, and his highly rated Dry Bar Comedy special was released in 2022! He was in “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith, and plays the role of Joey Bishop in the long running musical tribute to The Rat Pack.

Jeff is also active in the business and hi-tech worlds, has two engineering degrees from MIT, and also helped to set up an organic cucumber farm in Morgan Hill, CA .  He enjoys meeting and performing for people around the globe.  Learn more at:

If you are having technical difficulties securing your seat or table, please email with the number of tickets you would like to secure. If you would like to mail your donation, please send check to: Nickels Soil Lab, PO Box 246, Colusa, CA 95932. Thank you!

Make your generous tax deductible donation to the Leslie J. Nickels Testamentary Trust (LJNTT) in support of Nickels Soil Lab (NSL).

100% of the proceeds go to Nickels Soil Lab.

If you are having technical difficulties donating, please email with details. If you would like to mail your donation, please send check to: Nickels Soil Lab, PO Box 246, Colusa, CA 95932. Thank you!

Promotional Materials

Show your support and help get the word out. Click the image below to download the file, share in emails, forward / print, post the image on your social media platforms and / or website, invite your friends, clients, and peers to donate to Nickels Soil Lab.

Please call Jay Visser, Business Development Manager at 559-352-4456 with any additional questions.