Feather Down Farms and Chaffin Family OrchardsLoading
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    Four girls on an egg-gathering expedition head for the chicken coop at Chaffin Family Orchards near Oroville, Calif., Saturday, April 20, 2013. The farm partners with Netherland-based Feather Down Farms agritourism agency. Chaffin Family Farms is a 2,000-acre, eco-friendly, fifth generation family-own farm producing 40 orchard crops, including apricots, peaches, citrus, pomegranates, figs and olives, as well as raising grass-fed beef, chicken and sheep. Visitors stay in tent cabins in the orchards.
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    The outside world ends at the parking lot at Feather Down Farms on Chaffin Family Orchards near Oroville, Calif.
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    One of the tent cabins for visitors sits in the olive orchard at Feather Down Farms on Chaffin Family Orchards near Oroville, Calif.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    A scale hangs from the roof inside the general store of the camp at Feather Down Farms.
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    There is no electricity in the guest tents, so candles and lanterns provide the lighting Ð and a reason to go to bed early.
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    The bunk beds inside the tent cabins at Feather Down Farms.
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    Each roomy tent has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with bunks. Visitors prepare meals on a wood-burning stove and clean up in a sink with running water. Showers for guests are in a separate building.
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    The main living space of the tent cabins at Feather Down Farms.
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    Chris Kerston, manager of the farm, supervises pizza-making with visitors from Chico. Left the right, Cecilia Sims, 7, Stella Shern, 8 and Quincy Shern, 9, prepare their supper for the wood-burning stove.
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    Honey sits on the shelf for sale in the general store of the camp at Feather Down Farms at the Chaffin Family Orchards. A re-habbed Quonset hut that houses the Honesty Shop allows visitors to take what they need and record purchases on a clipboard to settle up later.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    The wood-burning stove is fueled by wood from the olive orchards at Feather Down Farms at the Chaffin Family Orchards. Pizzas cook for about a minute and a half.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    Olive wood and kindling from the Chaffin family Orchards is used for wood-burning stoves in the tents.
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    Fresh picked oranges are for sale in the general store at Feather Down Farms at the Chaffin Family Orchards.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    A dog, who protects the sheep, relaxes in the shade of the olive trees at Feather Down Farms on the Chaffin Family Orchards near Oroville, Calif.
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    Sheep look for shade and eat the plants around the olive orchards.
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    Sophie Sims holds a chicken while she throws feed for the others at Feather Down Farms at the Chaffin Family Orchards near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
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    Quincy Shern, 9, holds a chicken at Feather Down Farms on the Chaffin Family Orchards near Oroville Calif., on Saturday, April 20, 2013. She was there with her family from Chico, Calif.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    Stella Shern, 8, holds a chicken in front of the coop at Feather Down Farms at the Chaffin Family Orchards on Saturday, April 20, 2013. She was there with her family from Chico, Calif.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    Freshly gathered eggs are collected by children visiting Feather Down Farm on the Chaffin Family Orchards.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    Chris Sims, of Chico, stand under an olive tree with his daughter Cecilia Sims in Chaffin Family Orchards on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    Chickens look for food as children gather eggs at Feather Down Farms at the Chaffin Family Orchards near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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