Field Report: The Accidental Farmer (New York Times)

By Christine Muhlke

EXCERPT: If you’re supposed to make lemonade when life hands you lemons, what do you do when your divorce, following on the heels of breast cancer and Hurricane Katrina, leaves you with hundreds of your ex’s citrus trees in full fruit? Isabelle Cossart started picking. And giving fruit away by the bagful — to her New Orleans neighbors, to the vanloads of tourists on the Tours by Isabelle she leads to plantations and the Ninth Ward, to the Girl Scout troops she invited to come pick. Her father arrived from France and made a spreadsheet to try to identify and keep track of the 500 fruit trees her ex-husband planted on the three-plus acres, which she named Organic Orange Orchard.


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