Califonia Bountiful

From the editors: Turning the page

January/February 2021 California Bountiful magazine

inspirations for a new year



Welcome to a new year. Although we face many of the same challenges we faced in 2020, turning the page on the calendar tends to inspire us to make a fresh start or simply improve something that's already good.

That's a goal residents of Monterey County set a few years ago, when leaders of the vegetable-growing region signed on with the Blue Zones Project. In this issue of California Bountiful, we check in to see how the community has come together to eat a healthier diet, move more and possibly live longer—maybe to 100!

At the ground level, we introduce you to three California families honored for their stewardship of the land. And that land is photogenic, as you can see from the images amateur photographers captured of the Golden State's farms and ranches for our annual photo contest.

Veteran-turned-farmer Endeavour Shen, who was sent to the U.S. by his parents at age 9, shares a powerful story about overcoming adversity, and a winemaker explains why he volunteers on a search-and-rescue team. On the lighter side, we delve into the sweet and tangy flavor of sun-dried tomatoes, provide tips to give your garden a year-round splash of color and offer plenty of great-tasting ways to take the chill off of winter.

So, now that you've turned the page on your calendar, we invite you to thumb through the pages of this issue. Enjoy!


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