For the third straight year, the Santa Barbara Independent presents its annual Homes & Gardens special section, a roundup of profiles, advice, and insight into what makes our developed and cultivated landscapes thrive. This year’s edition looks at a tiny home built by high schoolers, the history of adobe construction, how to make your yard look like Lotusland, and much, much more.

Selling Points

Name: Madison Chackel

Title: Sales Administrator

As a member of our business team, what's your day-to-day like?

I communicate with clients and potential clients, place ads, and assist sales representatives. I also create our real estate section's open house listings.

As someone relatively new to the Indy, what's your impression of the wacky world of publishing?

I've never seen a group of professionals work harder and, at the same time, love their jobs. It's incredible to see individuals care so deeply about their community by tirelessly providing credible, hard-hitting news coverage, and see that same appreciation reciprocated by the community. Oh, and endlessly flowing coffee. So much coffee.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Active Aging in 2018

A Guide to Making Your Golden Years Shine in Santa Barbara

A guide to making your golden years shine in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Unwrapping the Bean-to-Bar Boom

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s Place in America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s place in America’s craft chocolate revolution. Read story.

Koalas in Our Midst

Santa Barbara Zoo Hosts Two of the Australian Natives

Santa Barbara Zoo hosts two of the adorable Australian natives. Read story.

Imagine Inventing Waves: Scott Claassen and His Ministry of Surfing and Spirit

UCSB Students Get Close to Creation on the Waves

UCSB Chaplain Scott Claassen, through his ministry of Surfing and Spirituality, helps connect UCSB students to the creation by riding the waves. Read story.

Isla Vista Chaplain Scott Claassen Runs a Ministry of Surfing and Spirit

UCSB Students Get Close to Creation on the Waves

Isla Vista Chaplain Scott Claassen connects UCSB students to the creation by riding the waves. Read story.

Burger Week 2018 Begins

Our Second Annual Celebration of America’s Favorite Food

It’s our second annual celebration of America’s favorite food. Read story.

Celebrating Summer Solstice

Longest Day of the Year Gets a Hero’s Welcome

The longest day of the year gets a hero’s welcome with parades, food, and fun. Read story.

Santa Barbara Channel Crossing 101

How to Kayak from the Mainland to Channel Islands National Park

How to kayak from the mainland to Channel Islands National Park. Read story.

Go Blue & Green in 2018

'Santa Barbara Independent’ Annual Adventure Guide to the Great Outdoors

The “Santa Barbara Independent” annual adventure guide to the great outdoors. Read story.

SCAPE’s Paintouts Bring Artists and Nature Together

Free Monthly Class Every Second Saturday Combines Fresh Air, Art Skills, and Camaraderie

Free monthly class every second Saturday combines fresh air, art skills, and camaraderie. Read story.

Blazing Trails with Los Padres Forest Association

Four Reasons Why You Should Volunteer in the Los Padres National Forest

Here are four reasons why you should volunteer to work in Los Padres National Forest. Read story.

The Cabanas Now Shading West Beach

Teresa Ramallo-Whalen Now Renting Beach Shacks on Santa Barbara Shoreline

Teresa Ramallo-Whalen now renting beach shacks on Santa Barbara shoreline. Read story.

What’s Up with Santa Barbara’s Front-Country Trails?

Why Popular Routes Remain Closed; Plus, Hiking News from Ojai

Why popular routes remain closed; plus, hiking news from Ojai. Read story.

Join the Sierra Club’s Los Padres Chapter

Find Adventure, Advocacy, and Amore with the Santa Barbara-Ventura Group

Find adventure, advocacy, and amore with the Santa Barbara-Ventura group. Read story.

Adventure for Hire 2018

Companies to Help You Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Check out these companies to help you enjoy the great outdoors. Read story.

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