The Biggest Little Farm in Napa "The 1.3-acre farm teems with 120 fruit trees, half a dozen varieties of melon, 18 different citrus, 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, and curiosities most of us will never grow: white carrots, white miniature cucumbers, Japanese eggplant, caperberry, the odd-looking but delicious perennial tuber crosnes ("crones"), and the singular savory-acid-crunchy-juicy Ficoide glaciale." "Nothing on the farm is wasted; or rather, every opportunity is maximized."
Lady Carnarvon lists the entire roster required to keep Highclere afloat: "Two housekeepers, two chefs, one kitchen porter, two in banqueting, one butler"—part-time— "three gardeners, six in the castle office, three additional staff, 40 guides. Then there's the estate staff and the farm staff, electricians—who are here nearly every day—painters I adore and who have been here 50-odd years, so around 60 to 80 people in total." Amazing Photos of the Real Downton Abbey
Belle Gunness ..In the early morning of April 28, 1908, the Gunness farmhouse burned to the ground. The Gunness children were found in the ashes of the home, as well as the body of a headless woman.The LaPorte County Sheriff began to further investigate the fire and Belle's relations with out-of-town men. The investigation turned into a national sensation, as numerous bodies were soon found to be buried on Belle's farm.It has been estimated that Belle may have buried forty men on the…
Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography. From: http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/lange/index.html