Dec 30 2010

the sodfather – tim dundon

heidi found this guy in altadena through a tomato growing class she had attended this past summer. he has some of most sought after dirt in LA as it turns out. when you arrive at his place – there is no house or structure, just thick green plants and lots of chickens clucking around at your feet. Tim guides you to his stash of stable bedding and loads up your truck for you. we had a great talk while we were loading up the truck I had rented – it was like  a sequel to food, inc or a michael moore film – inspiring and insightful. when it came time to pay – he said it was 8 dollars and he would rather barter. I paid him  a bit more for all the good that he does and I am looking forward to going back. we used his earth for a series of raised beds in our back yard and anything we planted grew at double the speed and many times the normal size…

“…Tim Dundon, the beneficent caretaker of California’s most famous compost pile and the kindly warden of the tropical forest that has fruited from its rich humus. It’s here that Dundon, a scientist-poet in the truest hermetic sense, finds hope and salvation in the transformation of death into life—of rotting organic matter into nutrient-rich soil—that takes place daily in the fecund jungle he maintains on his one-acre yard.The botanical odyssey of Dundon, the self-proclaimed “guru of doo-doo” and the man whose mammoth compost pile once covered a football-field-sized lot, begins in 1967 with a marijuana shortage. Like any good gardening story, it encompasses Hollywood producers, fires, suicide, PCP injection, a nude Quaker iconoclast, standoffs with city officials and a violent pet coyote.”  read more…