Califonia Bountiful

On location: Glenn County

September/October 2019 California Bountiful magazine

What makes this area distinctive? Find out!

Formed out of Colusa County in 1891, the county is named for Hugh J. Glenn (1824-1883), who in his day was said to be the farmer of California's largest wheat crop. If he were around today, he might be growing almonds, now the county's top crop. Almonds need bees and there's no shortage of those in Orland, which bills itself as Bee City USA and the Queen Bee Capital. Efforts are underway to build a Honeybee Discovery Center to help visitors learn about this vital pollinator.





Shannon and Kelly Douglass, Orland

She fell in love with farming through FFA and 4-H; he grew up on a dairy. Today, the Douglasses run beef cattle and raise row crops and pumpkins. You can find their pumpkins at the Chico farmers market each October. Kelly also works for a seed company; Shannon runs a website,, for agricultural professionals. She also serves as first vice president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. They have a son, Heath.





Country Pumpkins, Orland

Open daily from the last week of September through Halloween, Country Pumpkins offers a pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo and hay pyramid for climbing. Beware the maze on certain nights, as it's likely to be "haunted!" You can also stock up on treats in the country store.




Farwood Bar & Grill, Orland

In a century-old building with a bar shipped around Cape Horn, Farwood serves salads, burgers, steaks and chicken; all meals feature ingredients from local farms, breweries and wineries. The name comes from the farm owned by the family that launched the restaurant in 2005.



Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, south of Willows

This 10,819-acre site sits along the Pacific Flyway. If you want to view the great avian migration, go between November and January, when 500,000 to 750,000 ducks and as many as 200,000 geese stop by. Auto and walking tours are available year-round, as is the visitors' center.

Photo courtesy of Steven R. Emmons




Willows Museum, Willows

The former Carnegie Library in the county seat has local history covered—from agriculture to the Wintun Indians to railroading to geese to Hugh Glenn himself. "Walk Through History" tours, featuring historically costumed volunteers, are offered for elementary school groups.


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