BY MIMI GIBOIN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIMI GIBOIN

cognac vineyard

One of my first memories of childhood summers in France is playing tag down long rows of grapes in my Uncle Francois' vineyard. Often I'd stumble on large hard clumps of soil. Later I'd learn that those sun-dried chunks are gypsum clay, and are unique to the Cognac region. My cousins and I would roam the 25 acres at our family's property, L'Hermitage, and build forts under the vines of the Ugni Blanc, the most commonly used grape for Cognac brandy.

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Jim Mills: Manifesting the Farm-to-Fork Goal

BY ANN M. EVANS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEBBIE CUNNINGHAM

mills and rohr

Beyond the policy makers who support rural-urban connectivity, such as Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Capital marketing campaign, are practitioners who actually manifest the goal. Political leadership can create a framework for economic development, resource conservation and public health, but a thriving local restaurant and farm culture needs people like Jim Mills, a sales representative for Sacramento Produce Express and autodidact who learned the food business on the job. Mills connects chefs with farmers.

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BY AMBER K. STOTT / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEBBIE CUNNINGHAM

endive farming

If you visit the largest endive farm in the nation, you won't be standing in a field below a blue sky. There will be no sun on your face, or dirt on your boots. But you will hear the soft trickle of water through the deep darkness as you're surrounded by warmth and blanketed in shadows.

Endive (pronounced very French and fancy-like, "on-DEEV") is a peculiar little crop that can only be grown in the dark.

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