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cover story

MARK BOTTIANI

The Bottiani Family's
roots in agriculture
run deep

The cornerstone of the shopping center is the restaurant
with a storied history. In 1966, the Bottianis wanted to
build a restaurant on the land where a centuries old sycamore tree was rooted. Their forward thinking led them to
hiring an architect to design the building around the tree,
preserving it for generations.
Later that year, the Blue Ox opened their doors. The restaurant thrived for 15 years before becoming the Elegant
Farmer and then Sizzler. Today, the building is known as
the Butler Event Center and the Witness Tree remains the
center of the establishment.
In addition to Kellogg Square, the Bottiani family has leased
part of their agriculture land as well. Knapp Nursery has
a thriving business on the property, growing more than
1,000 varieties of plants. The Nursery, located on Carlo

Drive, is the most diverse nursery of its kind that is open to
the public in Santa Barbara County.
Mark shares his father's love for nature and the outdoors.
"Many people don't see the intangible benefits of agriculture," Mark explains. "The oxygen production, the carbon
reduction, having the farm here is a huge benefit for the
community."
For Mark, preserving the land and family traditions for the
next generation energizes him. He is one of five children,
and has six children of his own, along with nieces and
nephews.
"If I can pass this on to the next generation, even if they
want to just fight over it, I've done all I can".

Left to right: Mark Bottiani stands atop of his property overlooking the Bottiani orchards to the west. Mark's son driving a tractor
to help pick lemons to donate to the Santa Barbara County Foodbank. The Witness Tree, a centuries old sycamore tree, that
remains at the center of the restaurant in Kellogg Square. Photo of the Witness Tree by Tom Modugno, www.goletahistory.com.
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