"Gardener, musician, father, spouse, poet, author - all of these have been like tools for the work of living on Planet Earth. My mentors on this journey have been MIchele Easton Cortright, my partner for 13 years who in her passing healed so many; my daughter Terralar Joy Roush, a light in all times; “I-Thou,” the book by Martin Buber that reminded me at an early age of the interconnectedness of all things; Buckminster Fuller, scientist, philosopher and designer of the Geodesic Dome, who coined the terms Spaceship Earth and Crew of Spaceship Earth of which I am one; Elizabeth Kubler Ross who taught me so much about living our truth and that death and dying are part of our journey; His Holiness The Dalai Llama whose depth of compassion is a source of inspiration for me all ways; and Larry Warnberg, Humanure specialist, designer, sailor and friend, who helps me keep my shit together.”
Larkin has taught sustainable Agriculture in Mexico, designed gardens for homes, estates, and commercial installations. A Master Gardener, he was President of the Clatsop County Master Gardeners for a year. He taught BioIntensive organic gardening at Hilltop Elementary School as part of their Peninsula Learns Afterschool Program for 5 years. The garden won Youth Gardening Award for 2000, a national contest for gardens by young people. He teaches BioIntensive food production as instructed by John Jeavons, author of How To Grow More Vegetables.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Tilth Producers which represents organic farms in the state of Washington. Currently he is a Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula and Board member at large for Tilth on the Willapa, a local organization promoting food security.
To learn more about personal projects of Larkin's:
Listen to interviews from KMUN public radio programs about sustainability - on "Talk of the Town" and "The Lifeboat Show."
Explore the online book, Will I Melt Into My Breath, a tribute to Larkin's wife Michele and a story of how the community came together to help her complete her journey.
Listen to the CD "Stairway to Emptiness." From 1977 to 1990 Larkin was a professional musician, recording and concert artist. This is Larkin’s 11th recording. All solo bamboo flute it was inspiried by Shivasana practice in yoga classes, a very slow and meditative recording.