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