Saturday, August 20th, 2016
Surrey, British Columbia
The Real Meet
It was advertised that The Walking Monk was to be at Zaklan Heritage Farm in Surrey at 13278 84th Ave. It was a “meet and greet” between Noon and 2pm.
That was flattering, and I thank Lynne Murray for the promotion; but from my side, I would like to put a different spin on this charmer of an event.
I would say, “Meet and greet the plums and the grapes, the tomatoes (green-housed for starters), kale, chard, peppers, beets, corn. Be sensationalized by the colours, scents and tastes that are growing naturally.” I mentioned only a few from the list of organic splendours on this ten acre wonder in the centre of urban, sprawling Surrey.
It was awesome meeting Douglas, who took a group of us around for a tour. Chickens were fabulously fenced in, but by a fence that you could un-stake, shift over, and allow the hens to achieve fresher grass, and in return, some nitrogen from their manure is produced.
Douglas lives on the property. He built a house that can also be shifted. That’s nifty!
I always believed that a garden gives gold—produce you can eat. The metal gold—you cannot. Good food is the real gold.
As we left the good company of Doug and those inclined toward good food, and perhaps a different kind of monk who likes to make a “green statement” through walking, Doug prepared a bag of his best harvest for us. It reminds me of something our guru, Srila Prabhupada, said, “When you give something from the garden that is real love.”
Thanks Doug! Thanks Arlen!
May the source be with you!