Wrap Up for Farm Week

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Living within the biological constraints of the earth may be the most civilized activity a person can pursue, because it enables our successors to do the same. You cannot live within the carrying capacity of a region if you don’t know where you are.  Most of the developed world lacks this knowledge.  We have little understanding of where our water and food comes from, the impacts of our cars and homes, the activities undertaken by others around the globe to support our lifestyle, and the effects we have on the environment and its people…We will never know ourselves until we know where we are on this land.

–Paul Hawken–environmentalist

Getting back to the land and back to the basics was the focus this week.  We came away from our very own farmer+chef connection with hope, inspiration and pride.  We also deepened our commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, our devotion to honor diversity, determination to strengthen our community and are motived even more now to being part of the solutions, and live the change we want to see.

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We gave you a little peek into a very unique and special place in Marin County, Green Gulch Farm, also known as Green Dragon Temple.  We loved being able to show you how other areas grow food and the peacefulness that farming may bring.  Not to mention, all the of the delicious earthly delights.  This tranquil center offers farm and gardening apprenticeships, tours, children’s workshops, lectures and  work week shares, in exchanged for labor and help caring for the land, the Zen Center gives participants accommodation and meals at no charge.  The program also allows you to be part of their formal meditation.

See their website for details.

1601 Shoreline Highway
Muir Beach , CA 94965
415.383.3134 | ggfoffice@sfzc.org

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Next, we gave you a very small tour of a few of our local farms here in Phoenix.  We are truly blessed and feel quite fortunate to have so many amazing farmers here in our valley.  Most of them we are privileged to call friends.

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Tell us about your farm experiences.  Does it make a difference to you knowing your farmer?  Do you get a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share once a week?   We want to know if you think it makes a difference to you and your family.  Have you thought about your own backyard homesteading?

Thanks for being a part of our week.

Modern Day Forager

Green Gulch Farm

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Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Green Gulch Farm in Marin County.  This place is truly magical.  For several decades they have been a model for organic farming.  If you have ever been to the farmers market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco you have probably seen their wonderful produce for sale.  The Greens Restaurant at Fort Mason uses the bounty from the farm in every meal they create.  The restaurant on the property, wasn’t on our itinerary,  but we look forward to eating there on our next visit.

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This really is a Buddhist Zen Meditation Center.  The calm that settled on us as we walked the farm was much needed and welcomed.  There was no cell phone service so no interruptions as we enjoyed the quite that this place provided.  We had to keep telling ourselves “this really is a working farm”  as all around us people were working in the patchwork fields of new lettuces and chard.

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The farm was ripe with fruit trees of all kinds.  Pears, plums and apples in several varieties and various stages of ripeness. Its not every day you get to see just how something grows.

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Your first introduction to the garden starts with these beautiful fruit trees then opens into a beautiful flower garden.  There are bees everywhere, from small hives scattered around the farm that added to the lovely sites and sounds.

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Spearmint had been harvested for the farmers market but we think it makes a lovely bouquet.  They also have a green house where all the magic starts.

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If you continued walking through the farm you end up at the Pacific Ocean.  As we walked we could hear the ocean long before we could see it.  It was a very cloudy day but still wonderful to see. We hope you enjoyed the tour of this beautiful place.  We would love to know if you have ever visited Muir Beach area or other parts of Marin County.

Modern Day Forager