Raising Businesses and Children

by Lauren Passero Brookes, Owner/Operator of Kensington Cafe, The Haven PizzeriaDEL SUR Mexican Cantina

I’m a woman, a business owner and a mother. That’s all you need to know about me in no particular order. And my story’s punch line is really an exercise in circular logic: Pregnancy turned me into a better business owner; being a better business owner made me a better mother.

Now let’s mix in a few more stereotypes and judgmental factors about my business acumen:

  • I opened a restaurant but I can’t cook.
  • I launched it at the height of the Great Recession.
  • I try to make everyone happy and dread upsetting anyone.
  • I opened a second restaurant when I started my family.
  • I opened a third restaurant with a toddler and newborn.

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Can someone with no agricultural experience really run a successful farm?

After a life-altering illness, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Stepheni Norton, had to drastically change the way she ate. She asked her doctor if she could ‘garden a little’ in order to have a good supply of fresh vegetables, because at that time, fresh food was hard to come by in National City.  Continue reading “Can someone with no agricultural experience really run a successful farm?”