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Free Farm Down The Street

May 10, 2010

The Free Farm lives on Gough and Eddy, five blocks down from our home at Faithful Fools. It’s being built on a vacant lot where a big church burned down fifteen years ago. The first plantings happened only a few months after I arrived at the Fools, if I remember right. Welcome ministry, an anti-poverty group up on Sacramento Street, has spearheaded the community project, and borrowed our Fools van on a few occasions to haul manure and mural installations. In short, I feel a heart connection to this effort and its facilitators, who are close friends of the Fools and deeply Foolish themselves, in many respects. Reverend Megan Roher, head of Welcome, has made a number of FF street retreats. She is legendary for her ability to rake in the busking dough, singing and performing in the subway stations.

Last Wednesday, a brief visit to the Free Farm — with its beautiful volunteer growers, homed and homeless, some inebriated, all open-hearted — proved just what I needed to kick-start a wondrous afternoon.

My first time meeting Pancho, one of the great beings involved with Berkeley's Karma Kitchen (a pay-what-you-can diner) and, as we discovered, a fellow Vipassana meditator. He reminds me of my Dhamma Neru friends in Spain.

Megan Roher. Funkiest Lutheran pastor around.

A labyrinth for on-the-farm meditation.

With a view of City Hall, no less.

More info on the Free Farm here, here, and here.  If you’re local, call me up and let’s have a gardening date sometime. :)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2010 12:08 am

    i want a gardening date! also, great photos. glad you checked it out. i always bike by it on my way back from the fools and wonder… love.

  2. noa permalink
    May 11, 2010 12:10 am

    p.s. that was me but for some reason my computer was logged in as you! love, noa.

  3. May 11, 2010 7:31 am

    heehee — didn’t know identity theft could be so delightful. sorry i missed you last night! let’s have a garden date at the end of our month-of-separateness-except-for-arizona.


    katie dp

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