January 6, 2016

All the best to you and your family in the new year. Nothing is more important to me than my family and friends, and the older I get, the more important all of you become. Isn’t that what life is really all about? Happy 2016!

At Sun Valley Lodge with my brother Dan...

December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas from our house to yours! I guess you could say I’m too old to believe in Santa Claus, but I certainly believe in the spirit of Christmas. For me, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, our savior and king, who came into this world to teach us all...

December 9, 2015

Off to France to meet with 20 former winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize who are in Paris to attend COP 21. It is an honor to recognize those fighting to protect the Earth’s natural resources. I am also looking forward to seeing one of my dearest friends and col...

November 25, 2015

This past week my Dad celebrated 86 years! He was 3 years old when my Grandpa and Grandma moved with their children to the farm where my Dad was raised and worked in the fields since he was 6 years old, the same farm where I grew up. Can you imagine doing the same thin...

November 11, 2015

I love New York, the new skyscraper at One World Trade Center, and the 9/11 Memorial. As beautiful as the memorial is, nothing decreases the magnitude of emotions still swirling from that day. I just returned from New York, which is full of memories from when I lived j...

October 28, 2015

Did you know that farmers in California on the average grow more than half of all fruits, nuts and vegetables that feed the people who live in the United States? In fact, California farmers grow over 90% of many foods that feed those of us who live in this country.



October 14, 2015

I recently purchased the house my grandparents built in 1948 in Winters, California, the town where I grew up just a few miles from the farm, the same town my Dad and Mom grew up in. I spent lots of time over the years with my Momo and Popo Cody in their home. When we...

September 30, 2015

I grew up on a farm near the small agricultural community of Winters, California. The oldest of 17 grandchildren, I worked on the farm during summer time from a very young age, as did my Dad and Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. My parents were high school sweethearts and had...

September 18, 2015

I’ve written a book about what it was like to grow up on a farm in rural California. My book hasn’t been published yet, but I thought I’d share a little piece of the farm with you.




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