By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours.
He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace to avoid losing days of work to the fall rain.
Timing can mean the difference between profit and loss for the 4-year-old farm.
Motter and his business partner, Jeff Kramer, are part of a growing crop of farmers — many of them young — choosing to produce food without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. As consumers demand more fresh and local food grown with minimal environmental effects, a new generation has taken up organic farming.
The two Brawley, Calif., natives, both 30, have learned that small-scale agriculture is neither easy nor lucrative. Their days on the 15-acre farm start at dawn and end with exhaustion.
'There's nothing romantic about it,' Kramer said. 'It's hard work and long hours for little pay.…'
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I put my iPhone and pocket camera in my backpack , and took my kayak down to the wharf -- going to shoot pix. I looked for a waterproof bag, but didn't have one -- well, I have never tipped over a kayak other than in surf, so no prob. Well prob!
Lowering myself into it off the wharf, I rolled neatly over. Felt like slow motion -- I can't believe this is happening. So, trashed iPhone and I'm pretty sure the same with the camera. They say it's not as much a problem with the water as it is with the salt. Closed barn door by buying waterproof pouch yesterday.
I had a really hard time getting out of the water. Couldn't pull myself up onto the wharf, which was pretty high above the water, ended up cutting my knees on barnacles, finally swung Tarzan-like hand-over-hand on the bottom of the gangplank over to the seawall and climbed out. Bleeding legs (but they cleaned up nicely). Upper body strength half what it was 20 years ago. Harumph!
On Game of Thrones a few nights ago, Maester Aemon says, "Old age is a wonderful source of ironies, if nothing else."
"…oozing out oodles of onomatopoeias…"
This is a stunning complex poem.
From Evan Kahn
PS My Mom was born on Friday the 13th, and she said that it's actually a happy day. A bit of research shows that it's a western superstition that it's unlucky, that other cultures consider it a lucky day.
"JR is a French artist who exhibits his work in what he describes as “the biggest art gallery in the world”, the urban landscape.The highly private artist mounts enormous black-and-white photos, often without official permission, on to buildings in some of the world’s biggest cities."
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From Elizabeth Kirkland
This was, from start to finish, a great trip. I had biz class ticket due to frequent flier miles and it was a Boeing 757-200, a great model plane, the biz class seat reclined so you could lie flat + an individual monitor for each seat (for all seats in the plane) and maybe 50 movies plus TV programs to choose from. I watched "Tim's Vermeer," a documentary about an incredible guy who had a theory about Vermeer's use of a camera obscura…Staying in the Village was fantastic. It's still a village, albeit inhabited I would guess mostly by richos. You can get into very quiet cul-de-sacs, lots of leafy trees, tons of restaurants…speaking of which here's where I ate. Often as not these were places I'd sussed out by walking by:
-Buvette, 42 Grove, French bistro, unique, stylish, also pretty well known
-Taverna, 63 Bedford, Greek food, genius chef. Great Feng-shui due to eye-level mirrors all around room…BTW, around the corner was Nakazawa Sushi, no window menu, obviously expensive, filled with smug looking youngish people; ah, to have a salary of 300K/year…
-Yerba Buena, 23 Avenue A, East Village, chef from Mexico City, Latina fusion
-Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, Gotham West Market, 611 11th Ave. Good, inexpensive. Another place in this complex has over 400 types of beer, which you casn buy and take to the Slurp Shop.
-Mo Mo Sushi in Bushwick, totally excellent. Unusual.
-Gastromarket, 315 10th Ave (near Highline), cask conditioned beer and great food
If I had time, I do a photo booklet on each trip. The week I just spent on the east coast was particularly rich. But there are other pressing matters to attend to (running a publishing business, fixing a blown-out well, catching up on homestead maintenance), so the best I can do right now at this throw out some random photographs. I'm also going to try to recap the week soon. Such fun!
Aesop is a hair care/skin care shop on 9th Ave.