The Gold of Farming

The Word for the Day, this rainy morning, from www.gratefulness.org: Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water. ┬áDOGEN ZENJI   Yes, it surprised us and… Read more »

Light and Portals

Tomatilla in late afternoon.           Biodynamics is one of the few disciplines that addresses the forces behind what we “see.” It requires more quiet to feel┬áthese forces, another consciousness even, balanced with reason. What is it about light that opens these portals? The late afternoon sun shining through the tomatilla skin… Read more »

Equisetum Tea

Preparing to steep the equisetum tea which we will then ferment for ten days before use. It will keep for some time.   Although we no longer spray sulfur to protect against mildew as the grapes are in veraison, we do protect the vines by continuing to spray fermented equisetum tea, or Biodynamic prep 508, at… Read more »

Preventing Mildew

Chardonnay grapes in evening. Late July is a time that Ramon is particularly vigilant in the vineyard for mildew in the bunches. He says he smells it if it is present as he walks through the vines. We spray fermented equisetum tea (508) at the new and full moon (a ground spray, which encourages the… Read more »