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July 9, 1990 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along U.S. 101 near the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line lies a small tropical paradise that for years has astonished weather analysts and farmers. Tucked between the ocean and 300-foot-high bluffs is a place called La Conchita, a seaside community that is also the home of the only commercial banana plantation in the continental United States, according to the International Banana Assn. There, 10,000 banana trees are fanned by balmy ocean breezes, basking in an island of frost-free weather.
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September 24, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's no accident that Doug Richardson's Seaside Banana Gardens, an 11-acre farm that hugs the coast a dozen miles north of Ventura, is a novelty even in fruitful California. Southern California's coastal climate may be mild compared to Nebraska's, but only pockets of it are mild enough to grow truly tropical fruit like bananas. "This is a unique microclimate," said Richardson, pointing to his grove, the only commercial banana farm in the western United States.
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September 24, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's no accident that Doug Richardson's Seaside Banana Gardens, an 11-acre farm that hugs the coast a dozen miles north of Ventura, is a novelty even in fruitful California. Southern California's coastal climate may be mild compared to Nebraska's, but only pockets of it are mild enough to grow truly tropical fruit like bananas. "This is a unique microclimate," said Richardson, pointing to his grove, the only commercial banana farm in the western United States.
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July 9, 1990 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along U.S. 101 near the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line lies a small tropical paradise that for years has astonished weather analysts and farmers. Tucked between the ocean and 300-foot-high bluffs is a place called La Conchita, a seaside community that is also the home of the only commercial banana plantation in the continental United States, according to the International Banana Assn. There, 10,000 banana trees are fanned by balmy ocean breezes, basking in an island of frost-free weather.
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November 11, 1995 | JOANNA M. MILLER
Ventura County residents in La Conchita are invited to a free workshop on back-yard composting Nov. 18. The workshop, at the Seaside Banana Farm in La Conchita, is designed to teach the basics of starting and maintaining a compost pile, odor control and using worms and the resulting mulch in landscaping. Also, the first 30 residents from any of the county's unincorporated coastal areas who register for the class will receive a free composting bin.
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