The miracles and misery of Mt. Carmel in Santa Barbara

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Sister Jean Marie walks through freshly sprouted clover around the mobile homes that she lives in with Sister Patricia and Sister Mary Anne. This is where they’ve resided since the monastery project went belly up. Photo by Paul Wellman

Sister Jean Marie walks through freshly sprouted clover around the mobile homes that she lives in with Sister Patricia and Sister Mary Anne. This is where they’ve resided since the monastery project went belly up. Photo by Paul Wellman

A tale of miracles and misery in Santa Barbara’s wine country has been unfolding for decades. This week, the Santa Barbara Independent tells the fascinating story.

Senior editor Matt Kettman tells KCRW’s Lisa Osborn how the dashed dreams of cloistered nuns laid roots for some of Santa Barbara’s finest wine producing fruit.