California Needs an Agricultural Revolution
From the Ojai Valley, I Can See the State’s Post-Carbon Future—And It Looks Like the Ancient Past
The Ojai Valley in Ventura County is a magical place. Consider its elements: the sweet and intoxicating smell of California citrus blossoms in the spring, the open space preserved by orchards, the seasonal creeks that run free through the cultivated lands, the surrounding chaparral covered hills and mountains.
But the Ojai Valley is also a place in peril. That’s because the water source that keeps this inland Ventura hamlet thriving is nearly dry.
Lake Casitas reservoir was built in the late 1950s when decades of plentiful rain hid the true nature of …