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Farmers Markets: Oliver Woolley's pork is a hit in Santa Monica
Farmers Markets: Oliver Woolley's pork is a hit in Santa Monica

Locally raised pork is rare in Southern California, but in a hilly grapefruit grove north of San Diego, fenced to exclude mountain lions, 14 tasty piglets luxuriate, fattening for sale at the Santa Monica farmers market. They're the dream or folly of Oliver Woolley, who raises heritage pigs. Oliver, 30, was born in Kentucky. He grew up in Colorado and moved with his family in 2003 to a 25-acre farm in Valley Center that grows flowers and organic grapefruit. He studied business at the University of San Diego and worked briefly as a trader for Morgan Stanley but "hated it," he said. After studying at Le Cordon Bleu in London, he returned home to sell his family's...

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