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Farmer carries on proud tradition

For Doug Mosebar, growing food and caring for animals is more than a job: It's a way of life and something he's very proud of.



For Doug Mosebar, growing food and caring for animals is more than a job: It's a way of life and something he's very proud of.

Mosebar has long managed Gainey Ranch, a diversified business in Santa Ynez, a postcard-perfect part of Santa Barbara County.

To Mosebar, who serves as president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, working on the farm is a fascinating pursuit.

"I wake up every morning and look forward to jumping into the day, accomplishing things and producing food," he said. "I feel good about it and accomplishing tasks. I've been doing it on this ranch for more than 30 years and I'm not tired of it."

Gainey Ranch, like many similar operations in the state, is diversified. Mosebar oversees growing everything from hay and ornamental gourds to winegrapes and cattle.

Working in such a calm country setting has its rewards for Mosebar.

"Even though there's a lot of work involved here, there's a certain amount of serenity that you can take in and help you recover, because life is about balance," he said. "If you balance all of those things--your family, job, physical, mental, spiritual and emotional self--then you've got it figured out."


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