|Upper Reservoir. Photo Art by Bill Fulton.|
Biodynamic Rain Dance
This week we will do a Biodynamic sequence spray to increase moisture. On Wednesday afternoon, October 17, we will begin by stirring two earth preparations together, Barrel Compost (BC Prep) and BD 500 (horned manure), which we spray on the ground in the late afternoon. The next morning at dawn, we stir BD 501 (horned quartz) and BD 508 (equisetum tea) together and spray upwards above the vines and other plants. This sequence is one we learned from Hugh Courtney at Josephine Porter Institute and is done when the moon is in a leaf or water sign.
Stirring is an intimacy with the land. As we stir, we imagine balance. In California and our Mediterranean climate in the Napa Valley, balance means good rains this winter, rains with enough runoff to fill reservoirs and rivers but not enough to cause landslides and erosion. We imagine the Valley Oaks and the Coastal Oaks, the Madrone and the Bay Laurel, the vines and the fruit trees, all drinking deeply throughout winter. We will imagine ourselves too, inside and warm, resting in the quiet of farming’s pause