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I was given a T-shirt found on the street (it was washed first) with Einstein riding a bicycle.  The quote on it started with “The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious.” I find this true in my daily life, especially since I am a part time farmer.

When I am at the Free Farm Stand and the sun is out, and it is the most beautiful day,  the tables are loaded not only with Hecka Local produce, but a lot of yummy organic bounty left over from the farmer’s market too, the most beautiful volunteers and guests, and I am a bit exhausted and tired and yet feel this mysterious love vibe keeping me going,  like EveryReady batteries, that keeps me long lasting, and I find myself late at night finally cleaning up after making a boat load of tomato sauce and canning it.

When I am the Free Farm and I discover a gigantic trombone squash hidden in the climbing foliage, and I remember planting that squash from a tiny seed and I feel the mysterious power of creation  in my hands.

 When I am with the honeybees outside their hive home and everything about them is wondrous and mysterious and holy.

When I am with the flowers and I make bouquets  to give away, the patterns and colors are created by a mysterious hand.

Here are some pictures from the day:

apples  from York St.

lots of tomatoes from the Free Farm and Alemany Farm, plus ground cherries, peppers, zuccchini, and greens

Free Farm tomatoes…a labor of love to pick them and no tomato left behind

tomatoes from the farmer’s market

abundance of figs plus plums peaches and nectarines oh my

sheer amazing abundance

lots of flowers though some didn’t do too well in shipping

 Coming up  in a couple of weeks:

Pancho and I are doing  a skill share  starting at 3pm on Friday at HANC  recycling center and Kezar Gardens ” (at 2:300pm sitting in receptive silence…bring a cushion for your tush) called Creating Community Through Serving: Living without Conventional Currency; and Disobeying with Great Love. This will touch on how to start a sustainable Free Project and Doing things Free plus insights into Living with Little or no money plus…

 With all the abundance of Hecka Local produce growing on Hecka Local urban farms this article from the Bay Guardian is interesting and it talks about what I wrote about last week…http://www.sfbg.com/2012/08/21/farmville-real. I am still praying for divine intervention are you?



The last few weeks we have been bringing some beautiful produce from our Free Farm to the Stand. Last Sunday we brought some pepino dulce to the Stand. They are pretty good tasting like a cross between a melon and a cucumber is the best description I have heard to describe it. I like growing it because it is a perennial and it tastes good and is a beautiful fruit. Another uncommon fruit at the stand this week was Cape Gooseberry or Ground Cherry. They look similar to tomatillo but they are orange rather than green and are sweet and tangy. I just read on the Wikipedia page on this fruit that they are high in pectin and would be good to add to jam and jellies to make it gel or thicken.

I often have plants of this fruit to give away, but beware they can grow big and take up a lot of space.

I loved the variety of peppers we gave out this week, these grown in the hot house at the Free Farm.

I brought nine pounds of lettuce from my backyard to share, plus we had baby gem lettuce from the farm.

The collards and some of the kale and tomatoes were from Alemany Farm.  My friend Gary and Pancho gleaned pears from  a abandoned pear orchard behind a Safeway store in Moraga in the east bay. Some of the pears went to the newly forming Free Farm Stand in Fruitvale and we got 179lbs for our Stand.

We have a circle before we begin and one of things we like to do is give thanks for all the abundance and thanks for all the wonderful volunteer help we get . Right now the Free Farm Stand is mostly run by Goddess energy.

Rachel is an example of a  beautiful volunteer who has taken responsibility for giving out the seedlings and plants we give away.

This is a little handout we distributed about the Free Farm. Copies were made for the Outsidelands event where the Free Farm and Free Farm Stand had a booth. Pam our beekeeper and others printed this paper made from recyled clothes

Here is another great volunteer Julie who also helps at the Free Farm.

We had a lot of organic fruit left over from the farmer’s market.

Not to mention strawberries from our farm.

A friend sent me a link to this wonderful t TED talk by one of the co-founders of the  Incredible Edible initiative in Todmorden, England  that grows all  its own vegetables. I wrote about this town on my blog of January 9 of this year.  This is what we have got to start doing here in San Francisco is making our urban landscape here more edible. As  Pam Warhurst says it is not just about growing food, but starting a revolution. It is time “to invest in more kindness to ourselves and the environment”.  She is serious and is doing it! More here  http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/.   We can do it here as our small Free Farm Stand shows in the pictures  we post show and the fact we have recorded 30,000lbs of hecka local produce being grown and shared since 2009. (by the way already a new business has already claimed  a name for their business that is similar to ours Hella Vegan…they were part of the local street food festival held last Saturday on our neighborhood).