A Kingdom from Dust — The California Sunday Magazine


42 bookmarks. First posted by jace 18 days ago.


Stewart Resnick is the biggest farmer in the United States, a fact he has tried to keep hidden while he has shaped what we eat, transformed California’s landscape, and ruled entire towns.
articles  agriculture  california  water 
20 hours ago by gmisra
A Kingdom from Dust — The California Sunday Magazine
starred 
4 days ago by hockendougal
Mark Arax: "I’m headed to the valley’s deep south, to a little farmworker town in a far corner of Kern County called Lost Hills. This is where the biggest irrigated farmer in the world — the one whose mad plantings of almonds and pistachios have triggered California’s nut rush — keeps on growing, no matter drought or flood. He doesn’t live in Lost Hills. He lives in Beverly Hills. How has he managed to outwit nature for so long?"
california  infrastructure  longform  2018_mixbook_contender 
7 days ago by jbushnell
The GPS tells me to take Interstate 5, the fastest route through the belly of the state, but I’m partial to Highway 99, the old road that brought the Okies and Mexicans to the fields and deposited a twang on my Armenian tongue. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
7 days ago by egwillim
The GPS tells me to take Interstate 5, the fastest route through the belly of the state, but I’m partial to Highway 99, the old road that brought the Okies and Mexicans to the fields and deposited a twang on my Armenian tongue. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
7 days ago by roolio
This is a story about a single farmer— or, rather, a businessman who has invested heavily in farms, and the difference is in some ways the point— named Stewart Resnick. His company, Wonderful, has a near-lock on the market for pistachios and almonds, and more or less created the one for pomegranate juice. It's also a story about agriculture in the United States as a whole, about the West and what it means, about class and the very rich, about work and workers and the U.S. immigration system, and most of all about water and the ways it is used, and what happens when it is gone. (I thought continually here of David Owen's <a href="Link: http://a.co/hgODfPi"><strong><em>Where the Water Goes</em></strong></a>, which I wrote about a few months ago). If I felt more pedantic, I might also say that it's about the consequences of commodifying everything. In any case, it's a big, long piece with a lot in it, and more than worth the time.
agriculture  farming  water  environment  business  labor  class 
9 days ago by johnmfrench
The GPS tells me to take Interstate 5, the fastest route through the belly of the state, but I’m partial to Highway 99, the old road that brought the Okies and Mexicans to the fields and deposited a twang on my Armenian tongue. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
9 days ago by hugslife
On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed…
from instapaper
9 days ago by yudha87
On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed…
from instapaper
13 days ago by liebo7
- big agriculture in California
us  agriculture  totwitter 
14 days ago by renaissancechambara
Stewart Resnick is the biggest farmer in the United States, a fact he has tried to keep hidden while he has shaped what we eat, transformed California’s landscape, and ruled entire towns.
california  agriculture 
14 days ago by whip_lash
It took me three sittings to finish this story. Might be about to start it again.
from twitter_favs
14 days ago by AramZS
The biggest farmer in the US: A Kingdom from Dust
from twitter
14 days ago by jamescampbell
On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed…
from instapaper
15 days ago by wahoo5
The GPS tells me to take Interstate 5, the fastest route through the belly of the state, but I’m partial to Highway 99, the old road that brought the Okies and Mexicans to the fields and deposited a twang on my Armenian tongue. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
16 days ago by archizoo
On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed…
from instapaper
16 days ago by johnrclark
On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed…
from instapaper
17 days ago by fritter
The GPS tells me to take Interstate 5, the fastest route through the belly of the state, but I’m partial to Highway 99, the old road that brought the Okies and Mexicans to the fields and deposited a twang on my Armenian tongue. via Pocket
from-pocket 
17 days ago by tedroden
The GPS tells me to take Interstate 5, the fastest route through the belly of the state, but I’m partial to Highway 99, the old road that brought the Okies and Mexicans to the fields and deposited a twang on my Armenian tongue. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  instapaper 
17 days ago by drewcaldwell
On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed…
from instapaper
17 days ago by breau
On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed…
from instapaper
18 days ago by ashaw
On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed…
from instapaper
18 days ago by paryshnikov
lord this new feature from magazine is gorrrgeeeous:
from twitter
18 days ago by craigmod