Monday, June 22, 2015

West County Zen Garden

Last Friday, we took a field trip to Occidental to visit a master woodworker.  Barton now divides his time between woodworking and practicing Buddhism.
He is a Buddhist priest who hosts retreats in his sanctuary garden.  The property is a combination food forest, redwood grove, blackberry maze, and retreat center.  The food forest is ablaze with color - nasturtiums, dahlias, poppies, lettuce, flowering vines, chard, sunflowers and more.  His philosophy of not fighting anything [pests, weeds, etc] is working wonderfully.
He also took a moment to weigh in on how we can use the old growth redwood on our water tank.  The pictures of the structures he built [Larry Ellison's compound] are inspiring!

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