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Articles by Kat Merrick

About Kat Merrick

Kat Merrick made her mark in the apparel world as an innovative leader and founder of Surf Chick Inc. With over 25 years of extensive experience managing worldwide capacity apparel facilities, companies and product, her superior leadership skills, practiced in directing cross-functional global teams to design, brand, source develop and marketing, won her world-wide recognition and awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of trend studies, brand building and marketing. At 23 years old she opened her first successful retail business in Ventura County, Since then, Kat has owned and operated several very successful retail and wholesale operations and assisted numerous multi-category small businesses to achieve success. Highly respected by many local small business owners, growers, artists and locals, she has been tagged as "the Shop Local girl". Kat's extensive travels, strong business knowledge and desire to make a positive impact locally helped inspire her to create Totally Local VC. A Ventura County resident since 1978, single mother of two and long-standing advocate for support of local small business and all that is Ventura, founder and developer of Totally Local VC, Kat brings her passion for our community to all she does. Her writings, posts and blog reflect her love of family, friends and community and desire to help.

Gleaning’s Roots Run Deep

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

Gleaning is the ancient practice of collecting the remaining crop from the field after it has been harvested. Here’s the story of how I recently gleaned my ranch.

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Meet the Rancher: Mike Williams of Diamond W Cattle Company

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016

Mike Williams of Diamond W Cattle Co is a true American cowboy. Courage, horsemanship, physical awareness, grit and gentlemanly manners – he’s got them all. And he’s local. Here’s his story.

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Meet the Farmer: The Cummings Family – Five Generations of Farming

Posted by on May 10, 2016

The Cummings family have been local farmers since the 1870s – 5 generations! And they’re hosting the first of the 2016 Totally Local VC Farm-to-Fork Dinners.

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What’s All the Buzz About Honey Bees?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016

Every third bite of food we take was likely pollinated by a honey bee. But there’s been a massive reduction in the honey bee population. We can help save them.

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