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Stories behind the numbers

It’s real people that fuel our economy. Here are some of their stories.


Rising Up in Downtown Ukiah: Schat’s Bakeries & Cafés

“If you make a bread customer, you have a customer for life.” Since 1991, Schat’s Bakery has been a fixture in downtown Ukiah. It’s the place where lawyers pick up…

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How to Grow Radically Sustainable Mushrooms

The Forest People

One of West Center’s success stories is The Forest People, a mushroom cultivation business located in Anderson Valley. Owned by Lama Nasser-Gammett and her husband Matthew, they work together to grow oyster mushrooms that are both delicious and healthy.

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The Search for The Bewildered Pig

Janelle Weaver and her life and business partner, Daniel Townsend, spent six years travelling in their 1978 VW Westfalia camper searching for the right place to open their restaurant, The Bewildered Pig.

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Peace and Plenty in the Time of Pandemic

There may be a global pandemic. . . the economy may be in free fall. . . and wildfire season is upon us, but down on the farm, life goes…

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