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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.

The Farm-to-Fork Movement is Here to Stay

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

The trend of sourcing from local farms for fresh, in-season food for your meals is here to stay. Here’s how to be sure you both eat fresh and support local.

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We Wrap Up the First-Annual Ventura County Ag Week Celebration

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017

Kat Merrick, Totally Local VC’s founder, reports on the wonderful events that took place during the inaugural Ventura County Ag Week

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Pumpkins, Jack-O’-Lanterns and Halloween. Oh My!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

It’s fall! Pumpkins. Halloween. Pumpkins. Harvest. Did we say pumpkins? More on the history and traditions surrounding… PUMPKINS! Plus, a list of local pumpkin patches.

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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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