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Rescheduled–Wednesday, December 8th from 5:30-7:30 p.m

Pierpont Racquet Club, 500 San Jon Rd., Ventura

Search no more for the perfect Christmas gift! Join Betsy for a special presentation and book signing Thursday, November 18th from 5-7pm at the Pierpont Racquet Club, 500 San Jon Rd., Ventura, 93003.  Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Read the November press release here

Past Events

Saturday, November 6th, from 10-2 p.m

Petty Ranch, 11971 Darling Road, Ventura

9th Annual Ventura County Farm Day.  Join Betsy for the 9th Annual VC Farm Day celebrating “The Hands that Feed Us”.  She will be signing her book, Daughter of the Land, Growing up in the Citrus Capital of the World at the Petty Ranch, 11971 Darling Road, Ventura 93004 from 10-2PM.
Sunday, October 24, @ 1:45 p.m

Foster Library in Ventura

Betsy Blanchard Chess to speak on the history of agriculture in Ventura County and her new book, “Daughter of the Land,” at Foster Library. Ms. Chess is fourth-generation farming and ranching in the county. This is a free event, Q&A to follow. 
Read the full press release here
Saturday, October 2, from 10 a.m-2 p.m

Oxnard Farm Park

Book signing event
Monday, August 16, @ 12 p.m

Santa Paula Rotary

Flight 126 Café is your destination for homestyle cooking! Enjoy signature dishes with lovely service from the Flight family. Come join us for dinner at the Hangar Bar & Grille @ Flight 126 Cafe for a wonderful dinner at the airport with scenic views
824 E. Santa Maria St, Santa Paula, CA
Saturday, August 14, from 1 to 4 p.m

Blanchard Community Library
A festive afternoon of special events featuring Betsy Blanchard Chess, author of Daughter of the Land. Begins outside in the park and moves into the library for a presentation. Co-sponsored by several local organizations.
For more details contact: 805-525-3615
119 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula

Sunday, August 8, 2 to 5 p.m

Limoneira Ranch, Santa Paula

“Pleasure of Your Company” fundraiser for the New West Symphony

Featuring Betsy Blanchard Chess

Music, food, ranch tours, and Daughter of the Land book signing

Tickets are $75 for adults and are available at https://newwestsymphony.org/poyc.

Saturday, July 24, 1 to 3 p.m

Bank of Books

Betsy Blanchard Chess signing Daughter of the Land:

748 E. Main St., Ventura

Open to the public


A Life Of Lemons: Founder Of One Of The World's Largest Citrus Farms' Granddaughter On Pivoting In The Pandemic And Growing Up Farming In Ventura County

Listen to the NPR Interview here

Fourth generation of farming and ranching in the county – Betsy grew up around the farm owned and still operated by her family.

She is now the first woman with a seat on their board.

She’s written a memoir about her childhood called Daughter of The Land – growing up in the citrus capital of the world.

The book is filled with historical photos around Santa Paula – the city founded by her great grandfather – around 150 years ago – and even a letter about grandfather – also called Nathan Blanchard – from his school principal.

“It was written in 1888,” she says, of the letter which politely expels her grandfather from his school.

ON THE BOOKSHELF | Betsy Blanchard Chess: Daughter of the Land - VC Reporter | Times Media Group

Twitter Facebook Betsy Blanchard with brothers John and Jim on horse Pepper at the family ranch in Santa Paula, 1952. Photo courtesy Betsy Blanchard Chess by Emily Dodi Everywhere you look, the past and present are linked. It takes a keen and curious mind to see how they intermingle, and a gifted writer to craft …

Pandemic has silver lining for author who writes on Santa Paula history

Her brother John Blanchard, 78, who lives in Camarillo, said he learned some new information about the family from her book. He learned their grandfather, Nathan Blanchard II, was a “very stern …

Betsy Blanchard Chess on Elizabeth Stewarts Radio Show

Betsy’s interview starts at approximately 24 minutes in


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