If you are good to your garden, your garden will be good to you
As I was juicing the oranges I picked off our trees today, I felt such a sense of gratitude. It is a gift to live and work here in such a beautiful garden. When well nurtured, a garden can produce a rewarding bounty. As both residents and a business, we also strive to nurture our neighbors in the same way that we nurture our garden. We only have a few neighbors, but when our wedding clients or any vendors want to stretch our boundaries, I am unapologetic over our deep belief that our neighbors come first.
The Ventura County Planning Division has given us a list of agreed upon, carefully planned out conditional rules. It is with these conditions that we operate in what is called “open space” here in our valley. But, it is the good folks living near us, and the farmers working on three sides of us, that we strive to be neighborly with. They are the main reason we have a stellar, exclusive DJ list, why all amplified sound goes quiet at 10:00 PM, why all guests and vendors are gone at 10:30, and why we are hopeful our neighbors find ways in which we can be of service to them. It is all about being next door neighbors first, and a next-door business second. We are thankful for the reward of a certain sweetness–one that only comes from a sense of community where we live, much like the sweetness that came from those oranges today. Life is good.