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April 2015 - Spring in the Air

Mar 27, 2015 10:46AM ● Published by Brandi Barnett

Cover photo by Kelli Avila
www.kelliavilaphotography.com

Springtime seems to have gotten a head start this year, and the season of rebirth is now officially in full bloom.
   
Benevolence also blooms in the South Valley, and you’ll be inspired by Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore thrift store, which is opening doors for families in need – literally. The shop is embracing the process of upcycling and repurposing for home improvement, while helping low-income homeowners break out of poverty.
   
You’ll be amazed by Visalia Technical Early College High School, which helps students see the future with its focus on college and career readiness. The innovative campus gives students hands-on experience with veterinary science, environmental horticulture and more.
   
Our national pastime is back in full swing, and it’s easy to get a front-row seat and watch some of baseball’s rising stars at Rawhide Stadium. The Class-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks calls Visalia home, and the remodeled stadium is a friendly, comfortable place to catch a game.
   
Then, meet Michelle and Kyle Reynolds, who were organic farmers before organic farmers were cool. Their KMK Organics began in a small backyard garden, and it’s now an 80-acre certified farm and full-fledged grocery store. Another visionary entrepreneur is Luis Gonzalez, who came to Visalia with only his wife and a vision. A quarter-century later, his nursery is a Visalia mainstay.
   
Looking for a new place to enjoy a meal? The Lunch Box in Exeter specializes in comfort food, with a side of family, friendship and community service. Or check out Gazebo Gardens’ Food Truck Nights, where fare from a fleet of food trucks is paired with craft beer and local music.
   
Enjoy sweet spring!



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