St. Anthony’s Dairy Farm
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Farm Life Raises Addict’s Hopes

St. Anthony’s Dairy Farm
Cleaning the stalls at St. Anthony’s dairy farm in Petaluma. Some who go there can’t take the life and flee. “You’d wake up in the morning and they’d be gone,” said one man. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
St. Anthony’s Dairy Farm
Ryan Medlin feeds calves. His mother believes that the life on the farm saved her son’s life. “It’s good this place was such a long walk from San Francisco,” she said. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
St. Anthony’s Dairy Farm
Ryan Medlin takes a break from his chores. “Not too long ago, there’s no way I could have ever imagined doing this,” he said. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
St. Anthony’s Dairy Farm
A resident heads to breakfast before dawn at the St. Anthony Foundation organic dairy farm in Petaluma. New residents start with easy tasks, such as window washing and lawn mowing, before moving into working in the barn. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
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