Hearts and Hammers

I just read some beautiful words from Louie Vitale written in prison where he talks about “the positive creative energy that embraces us all and our universes”.  I am lucky enough to be in touch with that energy on a regular basis because of the work I am  doing at the Free Farm Stand and the Free Farm.  I missed the Free Farm Stand yesterday because I was helping put on our big MLK  Greenhouse raising event at the Free Farm.  I talked to Wayne who came by the farm after working at the farm stand and he said that things went well.  Like I expected the small amount of  produce we had ran out early and then the second shipment arrived, plus some bread I sent over there that came from a fancy bakery in Palo Alto (thanks to the Stanford Glean crew). One problem we have right now is that the farm isn’t churning out the produce  and what little we are harvesting is going mostly to neighbors near the farm.

The good news is that we have two greenhouses that are more than halfway built. It may have been a bit ambitious trying to raise two greenhouses in one day (one is going to be for seedlings the other things will be planted right in the ground and be like a hot house for growing warm crops like cucumbers and tomatoes). Now we have two greenhouses that need more work, but the groundwork has been laid and we have a model of how to finish framing out the ends of the greenhouse.

I am not going to even attempt to describe the event in this blog. I was simply blown away and left in awe how everything went so well. I am left in wonderment how projects have a creative life and energy of their own. Please keep in touch with our sister blog http://thefreefarm.org/ where more photos  and text will be posted and where there is already posted  two videos of the inspiring talks that were given by Pastor Dan of St. Paulus Church and Rabbi Bauer of Congregation Emanu-El.

On Sunday a pretty good article appeared in the Sacramento Bee about the Free Farm and the Free Farm Stand :  http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/16/3327300/at-free-farm-in-sf-all-veggies.html. Also this morning I was sent this link to a Youtube video about the Free Farm and the Free Farm Stand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IS93-wnHe8. This video was made last year by some Stanford students who filmed the work we do and I think it is one of the best videos made of our projects

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