Photos by Mike Mahan Thanks to the worst drought in years—from which some predict we'll need decades to recover—more and more homeowners in North County agricultural areas are converting their citrus and avocado groves to less thirsty and more fire resistant vineyards. The following are two stories of couples with no previous viticulture experience whose landscaping transformation projects have transformed them into winemakers. Vicki and Pete MontgomeryValley CenterPauma Vista Winery In 2011, retired firefighter Pete Montgomery and his wife, Vicki, a high school counselor, removed one acre of existing citrus and avocado trees on their Valley Center property and converted…
Let's face it: If you're a teenager who has found yourself in a group home it may feel like there aren't many options as you look toward the future. That's how Kurt Metzger and his twin brother felt when they were kids. Now Metzger, the chef/owner of Kitchen 4140 in the Morena Boulevard Design District, has launched an internship program with the Toussaint Academy to give kids like him a vision for their future—and the skills to make it possible.
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