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He’s been called the “Robin Hood of Modern Times,” the “Forest Gump of Ecology,” and the “Trash Man Who Protects the Planet.” Have you heard of him? Rob Greenfield is a man on a mission for food freedom, zero-waste activism, and building community by living simply and sustainably (and sometimes, off the grid!). He’s known for his extreme projects to get people’s attention and make them think — to bring awareness, and more so, inspire them to want to take action.

When horse and rider are one —


Across continents, dynasties, civilizations, and wars; through rivers, mountains, trails, and tracks, humankind has relied on and used the horse to conquer, explore, build, and travel the world, and some say that connection and partnership has allowed riders to touch the world of the gods.

Throughout history, approaches were developed to train, ride, and connect with the horse in ways that have shifted over time. These methods came out of utilitarian uses for horses in battle, travel, and daily life. From cross-country jumping and polo, to the meticulous dance of 

If violin maker Brian Lisus were to time-travel back to the 17th century, he’d fit right in

A true artisan at heart who likes to build things with nothing but his bare hands, he’s entirely comfortable without technology: Making his fine string instruments — violins, violas, and cellos — relies purely on natural materials and his workmanship. “That’s why my clients come to me,” he says. “They know their instrument is completely handmade and they appreciate that.” Indeed, as a luthier Lisus is known around the world as a rare talent, a renowned craftsman whose instruments are unlike any others’.

This spring, 25 acres of abandoned orchards in Ojai’s East End were restored to native live oak and chaparral woodland.

The East End Preserve, in the area of Thacher and McNell roads, is a partnership between the Turtle Conservancy, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, The Thacher School, and nearby neighbors.

The Turtle Conservancy, a champion of restoring the habitats of preserves around the globe, “wanted to do something in its own backyard,” said founder Eric Goode.

Two years ago, Goode purchased the property from Phil Pierpont, whose family had for nearly 100 years grown walnuts and later citrus and avocados on the land. Goode donated the historic Pierpont Cottages, built in the late 1800s, to The Thacher School.

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