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Business Lessons from an Olive Oil Farm

An advertising executive who quits her job and farms an olive grove in southern California: it’s the perfect premise for a late-nineties or early-aughts romantic comedy. But for Theo Stephan, who owns and operates Global Gardens, the first extra-virgin olive oil farm in the Santa Ynez valley, owning her own food business has not always played out like a movie. There were many tough lessons along the way and some that Stephan is continuing to learn as her business continues to evolve.