Out & About
Were you as stunned as I was when the Postal Service reduced the price of a stamp last month? For the first time since 1919, the price of a stamp went down instead of up. Crumpets, I’m now writing more letters instead of texting, because I’m trying to help our Postmaster General, Megan J. Brennan, offset the projected $2 billion in annual losses as a result of this.
Hmmm, while I’m doing my teeny weeny bit to help an American institution, Don Wiviott is working on a much larger scale to do something really important. (Please, Possums, don’t think less of me for doing so little.) Most of you know Don as a forward-thinking developer, starting with his first live/work project, The Lofts on Cerrillos Road. In fact, Don’s interests in his undergrad years at Dartmouth were in environmental studies. His MBA from Harvard rounded out his formal education in finance and entrepreneurial management. These skills seem to dovetail neatly into his new venture as one of the founding partners of Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP. Yes, Butter Beans, while I’m buying up stamps and writing letters, Don and his partners are trying to save the planet.
Sustainable Farm Partners is buying large-scale farms in the Midwest and converting them into organic farms. “Agriculture offers an amazing way to stop climate change,” Don points out. For example, 11,000 acres of organic farmland is equivalent to the carbon offsets of a 120-megawatt wind farm. Lambchops, theirs is not a farmto-table venture, either, but rather a farmto-food manufacturer business, thus giving them the ability to reach a much larger population. I caught up with Don between his participation at the True Cost of Food Seminar in San Francisco and his group’s presentation at the Global Ag Investing Conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Fascinating stuff. So, Gumdrops, if you’d like to go on a low-carbon diet and help the planet (Howcan you say no to a proposition like that?), get hold of Don and learn how you can be involved with Sustainable Farm Partners LLP. Our lives and health may depend on it.
In the meantime, some congratulations are in order in the world of Santa Fe real estate. Michaelann Cavasos (formerly with Los Alamos National Bank) is the new branch manager at Guardian Mortgage, a relatively new mortgage company in town and an affiliated partner with the First National Bank. Kiddos, one of the many reasons Michaelann likes this new job is that she’s right downtown in the bank building on the Plaza, which means she’s just around the corner from Carlos Gilbert, the grade school for two of her three young children. Which means she can have lunch with them anytime she feels like eating cafeteria food. (Personally, I’d go there instead of Furr’s, but I don’t have children.)
Another plus is that her good friend and co-worker from LANB, Bob Ortega, joined Guardian Mortgage, as well. Adding to the professional knowledge and rounding out the team is Marita DeVargas (formerly with Century Bank). Stop in to see them. Cookies, on Fridays, I hear they have biscochitos homemade by Bob’s happily retired and popular wife, JoAnn Ortega (who we still miss seeing at First American Title).
Congratulations also go to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Santa Fe Real Estate. It’s official, Cupcakes, they now have a brick and mortar location. You’ll find them in Suite 200 at 433 Paseo de Peralta, in the historic Allison-James School Dormitory and Dining Hall Building. If the Allison-James School blah blah blah doesn’t ring a bell, this will. Stewart Title occupies the first floor of the building, and BHHS Santa Fe now occupies the second floor. Jarred Conley is the executive VP and qualifying broker and Caroline Ostenberg, an associate broker, is the team development leader. Honey Buns, I’m pretty sure they’ll be assembling an energetic and healthy crew. Why? Because, in addition to being a Realtor, Caroline is also a health coach. She’s a trainer, a nutritionist, and a motivational behaviorist (meaning Caroline motivates people into healthier behaviors). Kittens, I think I’d better be applying.
It’s not unusual for a Santa Fe Realtor to experience a miracle now and then. I mean, let’s face it, Doll Babies, sometimes a closing is a miracle. Closings may come easy to Craig Huitfeldt (Bell Tower/KW Realty), but health problems are a mystery to him. So when an excruciating headache came on every time he leaned down to tie his shoes (or pick up a golf ball after a hole in one), he had a funny feeling that something was amiss. As things got worse instead of better, he decided a trip to St. Vincent’s was in order. A timely decision! He was whisked into surgery, and the doctors were able to successfully remove a blood clot that had been causing a slow bleed inside his cranium for who knows how long. Aside from looking like he had a frontal lobotomy, Craig has made a full and miraculous recovery, his quick wit thankfully intact. What a blessing. After all, Dear Readers, who wouldn’t miss a smart remark from Mr. H?
So long, Sweetpeas. Until next time… Oakley
Don (right) shares his enthusiasm about his venture into organic farming with Realtor, Chris Haynes
Caroline, BHHS Santa Fe’s Team Development Leader (and my new health trainer)
Michaelann loves her new downtown office in the First National Bank building
Craig agrees with Tom Waits: “A bottle in front of me is better than a frontal lobotomy.”
Jarred, movie star or qualifying broker... take your pick