Much of California’s extraordinary fruit and vegetable crops are grown in flat rectilinear plots in which ever more complicated machines can efficiently plant and harvest rows and rows of crops year after year. Yet in California and well beyond, produce and fruit are also planted on steep terrains, with terraces and benches to follow the natural contours of the landscape.  In doing so, the trees decrease surface runoff, reduce soil erosion and make use of vast areas of uneven terrain.  Like the gray-green crowns of olive trees that dotted the steep and rocky hillsides of ancient Greece and Italy, oddly shaped orchards of new and also thousand-year-old olive trees still dot the Mediterranean landscape. Even here in California, small orchards follow the hills and valleys of the natural landscape, producing an abundance of stone fruit, citrus, and even pomegranates. This project is a tribute to the marvel following the contours, creating something from rock that would seem more hospitable to the occasion goat than harvests.  

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