Gardening: Before & After

 

 

 

Spring 2015: The garden before I ever touched it

 

 

 

Summer 2016: The garden after much love and care

 

 

 

 

 

 The summer garden facing Mt Barnabe

Mountaintop Farming in California

Since the spring I have been managing the raspberry crop and kitchen gafarmviewrden of Mt Barnabe Farm in Lagunitas, CA. This beautiful mountaintop farmscape has been producing organic food for over 20 years. Volunteers come to help out for raspberry harvests and learn about seed-to-harvest veggie gardening through the WWOOF program. Sustainable permaculture techniques are built into the farm’s design through water-retaining terraces, soil blocks, permanent no-till beds, intensive polycultures, wildlife corridors, indigenous beneficial microbes, and seed saving projects. Cultivating my local biome to feed the community and teaching others how to do the same is my daily objective.

I am grateful to be continuing my experiences in farming with the warm support of a community that loves small, local organic farms. The Bay Area is fully animated in building a new food system for the USA. More and more people choose to feed their families by supporting nearby small farms. Gardening is taught in schools to young children to build a lifetime of connection to where food comes from. People understand and teach that regenerative agriculture feeds the people in a way that benefits all beings. The drought is here in Marin county along with future unpredictable weather patterns, but the solutions are here as well, and I know in my heart the work I need to do.

aventuras

biking to the beach

biking to the beach

After an arduous yet delightful season of organic farming, a comforting visit with family and friends, and years of daydreaming, I have now begun my travels throughout Central America.  I have been in Costa Rica for 3 weeks now, literally traveling from a blizzard to a wonderfully mad dry heat I’ve never known. I can’t say too much yet, being halfway out the door to the beach as usual. But from here I plan to travel north seeking art, permaculture, and various forms of tropical bliss. Internet connection may be few and far between, but it is quite possible I’ll be posting as the story unfolds.

excuses

my home

my home

I have lots of excuses for not updating this website in a long while. My access to internet this year has been limited by my own tolerance of the presence of Norwegian rats in the barn where I can access my neighbors’ wifi. My home, pictured here, is located in another world referred to as the Gypsy Camp. I have been busy this year growing organic vegetables and selling them at local farmers markets in a secret beach town in California. My new work should be added soon so check back in the future!