As a wife and mother of four, Turlock resident Connie Teixeira-Sousa is a role model to many. After being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, her courage while undergoing treatment has continued to encourage others.
From an aerial view the Central Valley looks like a quilt. Each row of that quilt is stitched by local farmers who carefully tend to their rows of crops, which are commonly almonds in this area. California produces more than 80 percent of the world's almonds much of which can be traced to Blue Diamond, one of the nation's largest cooperatives.