Raw, idiom: 14a. in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.

Ooh, I totally want to be this lady someday. What a badass Zen-gardening dame!

I know I will definitely have her shock of white hair - looking at my mother and grandmother can tell me that much. But moreso, I want to be the one growing herbs and meditating in the garden and writing for Tricycle on a porch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The NYT is winning points with me lately for some surprisingly relevant articles. This one, "Dharma in the Dirt," is a sweet profile of Wendy Johnson, Zen gardener, Buddhist and former leader of Green Gulch Farms, an organic farm in Muir Beach that supplies tons of fresh local veggies to Greens, a vegetarian restaurant up on the water not far from my place.

Add Ms. Johnson to the list of progressive eating-growing local thinkers like Alice Waters and Michael Pollan. Yet another reason I love Northern California: it's such a hotbed for these kinds of people.

Dharma in the Dirt (NYT)


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