On Wednesday, August 12, Green Gulch Farm will be hosting families from Clara House. Clara House, a neighbor of City Center on Page Street, provides housing and services for families in transition, and Zen Center has been involved with them for many years.
Once a year we bring the parents and children to the farm for a tour, lunch and time at the beach. We usually leave around 9:30 or 10 and are back in the city by 4. We are looking for people who can offer rides to the families on that day. Once we get to Green Gulch, you are invited to spend as much or as little time with the children as you wish.
If you are interested in this, or have questions, please contact Jeffrey Schneider at 415.354.0379 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Gulch Farm organic produce is available seasonally, from May through October. As this week’s featured photo shows, greens come fresh off the farm, and not without a little fresh hard work. (See also note below.*) Read more
Shown here is a close-up from a wild honeybee nest at Green Gulch. This past winter Green Gulch Farm installed its first log hive in an oak tree to introduce a natural nest habitat for honeybees. Read more
Earlier this month, a new crop of farm and garden apprentices began their six-month programs at Green Gulch Farm. These vibrant, enthusiastic students, along with other members of the farm and garden crews, maintain the One Farm Season blog, with updates and reflections on their experience. The photo below from Betsy McCall came from a post on July 1 last year, in which she recalled her April start as an apprentice. Her post begins with a quote from Lauren Bouyea (then garden manager): Read more
Qayyum Johnson served as shuso (head student) at Green Gulch Farm for its Spring 2015 Practice Period, led by Abiding Abbess Furyu Schoeder. Both are pictured below after the Shuso Ceremony on Monday, April 6, which closed the practice period at the end of a seven-day sesshin. Read more
I feel absolutely committed to the often-awkward work of agitating for greater awareness of the severe crisis our species has wrought upon the planet, much the same as I am committed to acknowledging my own mistakes and confusions. —Qayyum Johnson
Several recent events at or involving Green Gulch Farm have underscored both the concern felt at Zen Center for the environment and the wonderful partnerships forged by leaders at Zen Center to express that concern. Here are a few notes about what has been going on, with links to related content. Read more
Text and photos from Michael Joshin Thiele
The idea for a honeybee sanctuary at Green Gulch Farm emerged out of concern for the survival of bees and the health of the global biosphere. The vision of organizers is to develop new approaches to apiculture and the study of the natural life forces and instinctual needs of bees. Initially the health of the bees will be the primary focus of the honeybee sanctuary. The long-term goal is to create a self-sustaining apiary, which links local wild honeybees to a bee-centric approach to apiculture. Read more