New Head for Fairview Gardens

On March 22, Goleta’s Fairview Gardens named Mark Tollefson — former head of the Wilderness Youth Project and a fifth generation farmer with experience in both education and permaculture — as its new executive director. Tollefson takes the reins as the nonprofit urban farm pursues a $2.5 million project to build housing for its employees, improves its education opportunities, expands its produce subscription program, and prepares for the August 21 harvest festival. “We’re gonna take our time,” said Tollefson of the garden, where some standard farming practices have irked neighbors in the past. “I’m a firm believer in ‘slow and steady wins the race.’”

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

You Solve It,’ City Tells County on Library Money Shortage

To avoid financial shortfall, city sends ball back to county's court.

Vigil for Victims in Palestine Held at Courthouse

Community gathers to protest injustice.

Stoker to Be Sworn into EPA Job

Former Santa Barbara County supervisor confirms his appointment as regional head of Environmental Protection Agency.

Live Stream of Channel Island Falcons Makes History

Webcam follows wild peregrine falcon family on the Channel Islands.

Sonos Informs Employees of Potential Layoffs

'Restructuring' could affect 96; how many in Santa Barbara unknown.