Well, we sure have been busy. We taught at two schools in Antioch, and then this week, drove down the coast to Southern California to begin the second half of our tour. We started by sharing our sustainable agriculture message with the employees of Patagonia, in Ventura CA. Although it had nothing to do with farming, they seemed to particularly appreciate the fact that I spent the night in my ENO hammock, 15ft off the ground in the carob tree which shades their parking lot. Many came up to us over the day we were there, asking detailed questions for their own gardens, and I am pleased to think that the next few months will be all the more delicious due to our visit.
Last night, we slept under the stars on the beautiful organic farm in Ojai, The Farmer and the Cook. The morning brought waves and last minute reconstruction on our rain-water catchment system as we geared up for the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival.
It was an oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969 which caused then-senator Gaylord Nelson to establish Earth Day, and we are pleased to be taking part in one of the oldest and largest Earth Day festivals in the country. We’ll have our truck and be giving greenhouse tours the whole weekend, and tomorrow (Saturday) I will be speaking at the Harvest Stage at 4:30. I hope to see you there!