July 31, 2012
Feasting in the Fields-A Benefit Celebration of Green Gulch Farm

“Eating is an agricultural act.”
― Wendell Berry, What Are People for? Essays By Wendell Berry

Abiding Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts and the Green Gulch Farm community open their hearts, fields, and kitchen in celebration of 40 years of sustainable organic farming. Please join us on Saturday, September 8, 11:00am-2:00pm, for the Zen Center 50 event Feasting in the Fields, an outdoor farm-to-table luncheon featuring a bounty of vegetables grown at Green Gulch with a menu crafted by Annie Somerville, executive chef of Greens Restaurant, and prepared by Aaron Jonas Catering.

Photo by Gyokuden Steph Wenderski

The food will be complemented by organic beverages specially created for the event by Bay Area wine director Mark Ellenbogen.

Wendy Johnson – Green Gulch Farm founding gardener, Sara Tashker – Head of the Farm, Eric Gower – of Breakaway Cook and Matcha fame, Dave Stockdale – Executive Director of The Center for Urban Education and Sustainability, and Olivia Maki – from 18 Reasons, will introduce each course to highlight the many ways that Green Gulch Farm has been a pioneer in sustainable food systems, community building, cooking, farming and gardening.

Farm tours, music, a raffle, and a special program for children ages 5-12 will make Feasting in the Fields a delightful and delicious afternoon!

Purchase tickets online

For information about sponsorship opportunities or more information, email Scott McDougall at scott.mcdougall@sfzc.org.

Proceeds from this event will help support the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center’s Cloud Hall renovation project.

As part of the master plan for Green Gulch, Zen Center is undertaking a major renovation of Cloud Hall, which is the largest and most central residential housing at Green Gulch. As a crucial part of Green Gulch, Cloud Hall houses 35 people, some of whom stay for a number of days or weeks, and some who are in residence for many years.

The building urgently needs to be upgraded as much of the existing structure is unsound, uninsulated, and lacking sufficient and accessible facilities. The renovation will provide a supportive and healthy environment for both longer-term student practitioners and shorter-term guests to train in Zen meditation and the everyday practice of ethical and sustainable living.