Qayyum Johnson and Emila Heller, with 2 to 3 staff members and 6 to 8 seasonal farm apprentices.
8 acres in Muir Beach, about 16 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Green Gulch Farm is a residential Buddhist practice place also known as Green Dragon Zen Temple. GGF was established by the San Francisco Zen Center in 1972 as a rural retreat center and organic farm. In 2014, GGF completed the first phase of a major creek restoration that will hopefully bring Coho salmon and Steelhead trout to spawn in the riparian zone adjacent to the vegetable fields.
GGF supports agro-ecological education through school tours, volunteer days, Arbor Day and watershed work parties, and a residential farm apprenticeship program that trains participants in meditation and hands-on organic farming. A member of Marin Organic, GGF regularly hosts gleanings. Leftover crops that would be plowed under are distributed through Marin Food Bank to public schools, shelters, and low-income communities.
California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF) since 1985
Clay loam soil is built up by cover cropping, fertilizing with compost tea, and farm-made compost of horse manure, ground turkey feathers, and fish emulsion.
On-farm ponds collect water for sprinkler and drip irrigation.
Hand weeding, machine cultivation, crop rotations, and cover crops.
Create habitats to attract beneficial insects and schedule planting to avoid times when certain insects are most prevalent.
At Green Gulch, farm work is undertaken as an expression of a practitioner’s daily meditation practice of zazen.
Muir Beach, California
Dan and Joanne make the apple juice for their apple cider vinegar and apple caramels on a wooden press. It takes 40 pounds of apples to make 1 gallon of apple syrup for the caramel base.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »