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Scaling down helps farmers find balance

publication date: Apr 1, 2004
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Ten years ago we began market gardening on 20 acres in a rural county in Northern California. We now have 4 acres designated for vegetable production, 5 acres of wine grapes and small plantings of apples, plums and table grapes. At the end of eight years we had a thriving, 90-member vegetable subscription program in place, but in getting there we had sacrificed something we wanted to regain, a healthier balance between work, income and leisure.

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