Laying a Roof and Raising Consciousness: An Interview with Contractor Ezra Wynn on Being Atop the Guest House
Interview conducted by Lauren Dito
Among the many large-scale improvement projects at Green Gulch Farm this summer, the re-roofing of the lovely Lindisfarne Guest House was notable as much for the extreme complexity and tediousness of the job as for the uplifting inner effects of the experience as reported by some of the visiting workers. The uniquely shaped roof was beautifully completed in early July, thanks to the amazing craftsmanship of contractor Ezra Wynn. Read more
This month as a big portion of the construction on buildings at Green Gulch Farm is wrapping up, the Green Gulch Creek Restoration Project is taking off. This work aims to recreate a more natural meandering course for the creek instead of being restricted by a concrete channel, thus enhancing native riparian habitat for many species and widening the floodplain.
On Wednesday of last week, there was great excitement as a worker discovered a live member of a threatened species that the project aims to benefit: a California red-legged frog. Here are a few images of the strikingly marked creature. Read more
A volunteer is still needed to help at the Green Gulch produce stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco for every Saturday in September. Responsibility would be primarily for selling the flower bouquets, herbs, and fruit, from approximately 7 – 11 am every Saturday. Full commitment through September is preferred, but all are encouraged to inquire. Reply to Lauren Bouyea at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more
Last year, the Green Gulch Ecosattvas* revived a program to encourage carpooling to our Sunday meditation and dharma talk. Vehicles with two or more occupants park free for the Sunday program, and single drivers are asked for a donation of $5. The money received is reinvested in the environment, helping to cover the additional cost for Green Gulch to purchase 100% renewable energy through Marin Clean Energy.
Now, ridesharing visitors will be offered “muffin bucks” in addition to free parking. These can be used for a dollar off the purchase of the muffins offered at the tea following the Sunday dharma talk. Read more
Representing just a small sample of the SFZC relics and records that the visiting University of Washington archivists work to preserve (see related article), these photos were taken during HH. the Dalai Lama’s visit to Green Gulch Farm in 1979. Read more
Photo and caption by Donn DeAngelo (posted to SFZC’s Facebook page July 31)
Below are kids from San Francisco’s CommunityGrows after harvesting potatoes and having a Green Dragon Zen Temple experience at Green Gulch Farm on July 29—part of the ongoing popular Green Gulch Children’s Education Program.
A volunteer is needed to help at the Green Gulch produce stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco. Responsibility would be primarily for selling the flower bouquets, herbs, and fruit, from approximately 7 – 11 am every Saturday. Full commitment through September is preferred, but all are encouraged to inquire. Reply to Lauren Bouyea at email@example.com.
Join author Laura Deutsch and Zen teacher Reirin Gumbel on August 2 for a workshop where fresh writing can grow out of the inspiring natural and contemplative setting. Using Green Gulch as a canvas, delightful and unusual sensory prompts will help writers tap into their best material, enriching memory and story with imagery and detail. Sessions will take place in the garden and zendo in addition to the Wheelwright Center. Read more
In response to a sangha member’s query on irrigation practices at Green Gulch Farm, Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson shared these reflections on the complex set of issues that must be carefully considered as Zen Center continues to operate a farm during this time of drought. Read more