Charlie Toledo Speaking at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields Open House on June 22: One Water

Charlie Toledo, Executive Director Guest Blog Interview by Lisa Murgatroyd Charlie Toledo Speaking at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields Open House on June 22: One Water Part One of a Three Part Series Charlie Toledo, Executive Director of the Suscol Intertribal Council in Napa, CA, will speak on First People’s Agriculture at 11 am, Saturday,… Read more »

June 18 Open House Speaker: Ami Mautner

June 18 Open House Speaker: Ami Mautner Ami Mautner of  Napa Valley Apothecary will be presenting at Our Open House on June 18 at 2 pm on The Many Healing Uses of Lavender.  The following is her guest blog. You can also visit her at the Napa Farmer’s Market this summer. Napa Valley Apothecary, First… Read more »

Open House, June 18, 2011

Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields  Open House, June 18, 2011 June 18, 2011 10 am to 4 pm  Please join us for a day of tours, talks, sensory delights!  Sip our lavender limeade, taste lavender culinary goodies, meet our goats, amble through vineyards and  lavender!  Our estate grown dried and distilled lavender products will be for… Read more »

Equisetum Tea

Equisetum Tea Measuring the dried equisetum for tea. One of the reasons that we can decrease our use of sulfur in the vineyards is the use of equisetum tea. Never is the difference between conventional and Biodynamic farming more evidenced! In conventional farming fungicides and sulfur (not a chemical and thereby also acceptable in organic… Read more »

More Good News and Bad News

Tiny grape clusters just beginning to bloom. More Good News and Bad News This time: the “bad news” first— it is raining and the grapes are just beginning to bloom. Once our viticulturist told us that in our dry Mediterranean climate, rain is never bad. Indeed, the vineyards and lavender are getting a late season… Read more »

The Good News and the Bad News

The Good News and the Bad News   First the Good News: We returned from three weeks away to find the vines with forearm length canes and fully formed grape clusters (Chardonnay, not yet bloomed). The vines have loved the spring rains! They were just unfolding tiny first leaves at the time we left for… Read more »

May 12 Reading, Point Reyes Station, California

Photo by Jan Beaulyn On May 12 Patricia Damery will read from Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation and her just published novel, Snakes, as a part of Soul Food Series. Both books address the impact of the end of an agrarian culture and the rise of the industrial and technological age on the human… Read more »

More “Inconvenient Truths” —About Our Wine and Food

More “Inconvenient Truths” —About Our Wine and Food by Donald Harms As you may well expect these days, this is yet another inconvenient truth: My wife and I are grape and lavender growers in the Napa Valley. Some may think wine and lavender are not food but we think of them as ‘food for the… Read more »

The Ride Down

The Ride Down Perhaps one of the most important moments during the Napa County Board of Supervisor’s hearing for a neighbor’s proposed hillside vineyard happened just as the meeting adjourned. Presentations had been given by both parties, piles of copies of opposing hydrology reports thick as War and Peace circulated. Frustrations were expressed. Members of… Read more »

Ordinances Fail to Adequately Protect Environment

In the next weeks, we will address some of the issues that are confronting many of us and concern our relationship to the earth: land use issues, property rights, stewardship, and pesticide use. The following is a letter to the editor that appeared in the Napa Valley Register on Friday, February 18, 2011.  Letter to… Read more »