Historic Rancho Palos Verdes Hatano Farm to close

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — The view from Hatano Farm is mesmerizing. Sown with flowers and edged by cacti, the 5.5-acre plot sits on a gently descending hillside above a cliff that drops off into the Pacific Ocean. Facing south, you can stand in its soft, crumbly dirt and become transfixed by the vast expanse […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Avoiding government-induced poison

Well, that does it. From now on, I plan to buy mostly organic produce. I know that it will cost me a bit more, but after watching the new Rachel Carson documentary, this is a small price to pay for food that is certified to have no pesticides or herbicides used in its production. And […]

Memoirist intertwines family, farming and feelings of the heart

CHANGING SEASON: A FATHER, A DAUGHTER, A FAMILY FARM By David Mas Masumoto with Nikiko Masumoto (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, 2016, 192 pp., $16, paperback) In the mid-1980s, while researching the World War II incarceration experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry at the Gila River Relocation Center in south central Arizona, I discovered a brief yet […]

An Issei pioneering in the Heartland

NIKKEI FARMER ON THE NEBRASKA PLAINS: A MEMOIR By Rev. Hisanori Kano Introduced and edited by Tai Kreidler, and translated by Rose Yamamoto. (Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 2010, 256 pp., $34.95, cloth) This is a wonderful memoir, tedious in many parts; however, one that provides unique insights of an Issei who was born […]

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