Driving east on South Mountain Road along the Santa Clara River near Santa Paula in the Heritage Valley,
I am overwhelmed by the scent of citrus blossoms.
It is early spring and every orange and lemon tree in sight is in bloom — and there are acres upon acres of trees in sight.
If I could bottle this citrus scent I could make millions.
Instead I am driving on a spring break jailbreak up to the Clos de Amis vineyards to check on bud break with vintner and winemaker Gretel Mays Compton and while there, give her a hand with a few tasks.
As I drive, as I peer across acres of citrus and row crops, all tended by agricultural labor, I contemplate Cesar Chavez. Continue reading