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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

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