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Arbor Day 2016
February 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Every season we go to Green Gulch Organic Farm and Zen Center to tend the land, breathe the fresh air, and show our love of life and earth — in action and in silence. This special Sunday in February is part of a nationwide celebration of the life-giving qualities of trees and their intimate place in our watershed.
Program begins at 10 am with a dharma talk by Wendy Johnson, an elder stateswoman for mindful living, followed by a complimentary lunch at 12:15. Food is organic, delicious, and largely farm-grown!
At 2 pm, we gather on the lawn for words of inspiration and often plant one tree ceremonially. Then we fan out with plants native to the valley and press them into the moist soil. We also clear trails, sheet-mulch areas, and create new planting areas while caring for established ones. At 4:30, we have a closing ceremony with tea and cookies. (We hope to go into the Zendo for meditation at 5 pm, too!)
RSVP required for lunch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wear layers for changeable weather, hat and other sun protection, and sturdy, close-toed shoes. Bring your reusable water bottle, garden gloves if you have, and your favorite garden tool if you wish.
Readings about the Watershed Stewardship program at Green Gulch:
- A Creek Is Born (from the Renovation & Restoration blog).
- Accelerating Restoration in Marin County to Bring Back Endangered Salmon (Sustainable Conservation blog).
- Honoring the Tree: An Interview with Sukey Parmelee about Arbor Day at Green Gulch (Sangha News article, 2014).