Green Gulch Watershed
Our wider sangha members are key players in taking care of our beautiful watershed. These are the people who will come to Green Gulch over many years and will carry on the work and joy of caring for our watershed. Many of the residents are here for a short time and don’t have a chance to know the land as intimately as the volunteers.
The list below describes several opportunities to get involved. All provide time to get closer to the land and each other. Additionally, volunteers are always invited to join in the 5:15 pm meditation in the zendo following the work activities.
Watershed Work Party Days
The second Sunday of each month from 1 to 4 pm is set aside for watershed volunteers to get together. We put tools away at 3:30 and enjoy each other’s company over tea and treats. We work on projects such as pulling invasive exotics near our salmonid creek, working on and creating trails, planting during the rainy season, caring and watering plantings, and pruning. We experience the change of seasons, notice the little changes in the vegetation, and enjoy the sound of birds and the creek. We feel our muscles stretch and experience the touch and aroma of the soil.
Watershed Work Week
A week in mid-September each year is devoted to caring for the watershed. Volunteers stay in the guest house, meditate, eat and socialize with the community and each other. This is in exchange for helping us with many projects that wouldn’t get done otherwise. There are evening events that support our efforts—a dharma lecture, an environmental education event and usually some entertainment.
Arbor Day/Restoration Day at Green Gulch Farm
This special Sunday in February every year (2 - 5 pm) celebrates our watershed. We gather on the lawn and hear words of inspiration and often plant one tree ceremonially. Then we fan out with plants native to this valley and press them into the moist soil, clear trails, sheet mulch areas, and create new planting areas as well as care for established ones.
The Green Gulch Farm Docent Training Program trains volunteers to participate in a nine-month program working with visiting schools from the San Francisco Bay Area on school days. We are looking for committed volunteer docents to lead small groups of children (kindergarten through 6th grade) in late spring through late autumn.