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Rural route

Ken Sutton, a retired former plumber, trains a llama on his 761/27-acre Apple Valley spread. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
Joy and Rodney Chow have 600 fruit trees on their 5 acres in Carpinteria, where they’re building a house. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Nanci Sutton, offering a treat to one of her animals, opted to move to San Bernardino County ranch. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
Ellen Sullivan makes products from lavender on her San Diego County farm. (Ellen Sullivan)