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

Back from our one month break I am feeling refreshed and our first Sunday  Stand of the New Year was truly wonderful weatherwise and sweet otherwise.  One thing that I should note is that there is less produce this time of year and so come on time if you want to score.

All my feelings about the previous year are summed up in my latest cartoon “Nothing but Blessings” in the cartoon section. If you would like a hard copy please contact me. I personally like to have art in my hand and on paper, though we must always remember the trees and somethings may not need to be printed out.

I really see this new year as an opportunity for us all to move forward on our spiritual path and hopefully we can all put effort into doing our part to make this planet a little more beautiful and full of love and peace. I am  personally keeping in mind the mantras ” Love All Feed All Serve All” or the variation “Do Good Be Good” and when I feel like getting more biblical I  repeat “Love God/Goddess  Love Thy Neighbor”.

We are a bit behind in the food growing business, though it is winter and things are growing slowly. There is a lot of gardening work to be done here and I know a lot of gardens needing attention (including my own backyard). One of my biggest excitements right now is an event coming up at the Free Farm  next Sunday January 16th (see flier below). The Free Farm Stand will still be open (thank you Mike and others), but if  anyone wants to come by later or early  before the stand opens to help us build a greenhouse or get involved in some other garden activities please do (or come by Wednesday and or Saturday to help us prepare for the big day). Not only will be startiing the New Year off with a celebration, but we will be building two greenhouses that will help not only us grow food to give away, but we will  finally be able to step up the production of seedlings and even trees that we can distribute for free to encourage a truly do-it yourself food local food growing and sharing movement. Also, we currently have a lot of the things we could use at the Free Farm so check out our  “What We Need” section if you are one of those resourceful people with lots of stuff laying around. Also, please check out the Free Farm website, we have new bloggers and there are lots of cool photos (I’m the guy in the photos just standing around trying to look busy): http://thefreefarm.org/

Other news:

Here is a nice article about our dear friend and collaborator Lauren and her fabulous project Produce to the People: http://scoutmob.com/san-francisco/scoutfinds/999. I am looking forward to another bountiful year of low hanging fruit.

Talking about fruit, this is the season to graft our trees. The California Rare Fruit Growers is having their annual scion wood exchange this year in El Sorbrante. If anyone wants to drive or carpool let me know.