Whenever we drive past the miles and miles of fields that comprise the Salinas Valley v is always in awe of what he calls the generosity of the land. The fields are in production from February through December, each yielding multiples of crops. Strawberries, lettuce, celery, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, artichokes, asparagus, kale, radiccio...just on and on. Once you drive south along the Central Coast stretch of Hwy 101 you pass miles and miles of grape vines. River Road just south of Salinas boasts numerous Wineries. Twenty years ago River Road boasted cattle and scrub. Cattle ranches still exist throughout the warm hills and canyons trailing off the big Salinas Valley. What a bountiful land our California is and always living under the threat of "progress" and pavement. Redevelopment over development should be the focus. Look to the empty and crumbling infrastructure in any city or town before sealing the fate of open land under asphalt and cement. Crops don't grow out of either, and our world is getting smaller, people are getting bigger. Where do we expect our food, not to mention our air, to come from?
In bocca al lupo. m & v