Magazine article Sunset

Why I Live Here

Magazine article Sunset

Why I Live Here

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Broccoli by the sea

Bay Area native Darryl Wong fell in love with farming on the Santa Cruz coast

I grew up in the suburban East Bay, and my friends tell me they never thought I'd end up as a farmer in Santa Cruz. I didn't either. I thought I'd do something in a hard science. But that's what's exciting about farming: You have to experiment. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Our farm has a mythic quality to it; the 180° ocean views are epic. But farming right on the water has drawbacks too. Sometimes we [Wong, Kirstin Yogg, and founder Amy Courtney] call our 9 acres the tundra because it's so windy. We can't grow hot-season crops like peppers and tomatoes, but broccoli, spinach, lettuce, carrots - they just love it here yearround, planting the seeds My father was a second-generation Chinese immigrant, and every night when I was growing up there was a fresh meal on the table - wontons, Chinese vegetables. …

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