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The Coconut Man

The Coconut Man

Standing in the cool shadow of a crown of palm fronds, Zolsti Csillag slips into a harness and dons a pair of protective gloves. He secures a tree stand at the base of a coconut tree and hops onto the platform. Like a giant inch worm, he wriggles his long, slender body up the tree trunk, eyes fixed on the round, green fruit fastened to the treetop.   “There’s some crazy, unique stuff up here,” Csillag shouts as he makes his ascent. “Sometimes I like to document all the animals I see. There are exotic birds, and the nests that...

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At Wootens' Farm, the Produce Thrives on Love and Country Music

At Wootens' Farm, the Produce Thrives on Love and Country Music

John Wooten was nine when he planted his first garden.

It was 1958, and Wooten, under the encouragement of his grandfather, took a packet of seeds and some simple gardening tools to the vacant half-acre lot behind his family’s home in Ventura County, Calif. Without quite knowing what he was doing, he emptied the contents of the seed packet into a hole in the soil. Vigilantly, he waited for something edible to sprout.

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