“You arrive with the apple blossoms, fresh and pink.
What will you prune? What will you nourish?”
Those may not have been her exact words, but that is the sentiment that has stayed with me from Lauren’s words the welcoming ceremony on Day 1 of the apprenticeship. You can imagine how easily those words return to me, every time I weed or hoe or plant or seed.
The Talmud says there’s an angel that bends over every blade of grass and whispers, “Grow, grow!”
Tibetan Cherry Tree. Woof!
At Green Dragon Temple, there’s always an altar where you need one.
Sketches I made in the garden on my first weekend. Buds that seemed to just barely contain themselves. Bust out and through, little friends!
The farm & garden from the trail above.
The Farm Altar. Every morning we bow in here after breakfast.
Window to the optimistically named Tidy Shed
My go-to source for info about edibles, Farm Apprentice Hannah, braves the wild cucumber! Careful folks, it’s mildly toxic.
Is it not so awesome? Can you believe this thing is native?
Walk to the beach. Oh California!
Me after an enthralling Native Plant Walk with the excessively inspiring Head of Grounds, Sukey. Drinking Douglas Fir tea (so citrusy!), donning Clingweed crown. I love it here. I love being outdoors, sinking my hands into the soil every day, surrounded by people dedicated to understanding themselves. And dedicated to kindness. Kindness! Truly remarkable.