The Holy Nights

The Holy Nights A blog from three years ago, but the sentiment endures! I know! Many people are happy when the days lengthen, but I am always a little sad when the morning light comes earlier and the sunset stretches the day into the evening.  I love the festiveness of Christmas and then the contrasting quiet of the … Read more »

Redefining Weeds!

Redefining Weeds! We are not complaining, believe me!  April’s cherished 0.7 inch of rain was more than welcome!  However, it did produce more grass and weeds, and again, we are at it: pulling thick-leafed “weeds” from the rose geranium, the bindweed from the lavender, the grasses from between the new plantings we have set out… Read more »

Grape Harvest Has Begun!

Surveying the fruits of his labor of the last year. We picked the first third of the grapes yesterday morning, the area of the vineyard we call the old Chardonnay. It produced almost 3 1/2 tons per acre, a good yield of quality Biodynamic organic grapes!  The workers began at dawn and finished late morning,… Read more »

Farmer as Quintessential

Tools of the Trade     It isn’t how we think it should go: by cutting back, we strengthen the core. Pruning is painful! It means relinquishing possibilities in order to direct attention and vitality in a considered way. The focus, hopefully, is for the good of the whole, whether that be the whole of… Read more »

Rainy Day Meditation on Drought

Patient meditation as lower pond fills.     Two frogs woke me in the night, croaking back and forth right under our bedroom window. Yes, I welcomed them! I haven’t heard them in weeks! It is raining at last! Almost 3 inches these 24 hours and it’s still pouring, periods of heavy rain predicted throughout… Read more »

Crystallization Period Begins, and two Books to Go With It

Crystallization Period Begins, and two Books to Go With It If there were ever a book to meditate upon during this crystallization period of reception to cosmic forces (January 15-February 15,) it would be Dennis Klocek’s most recent Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics (Lindisfarne Books, 2013.) Stand forewarned: it is a book best read… Read more »

Valerian and Frost

Burrrrrr!!!!! (Okay,  I know, some of you are much colder! But we Mediterranean climate people aren’t used to frost!)     When you need gloves to walk the goats in the morning, and when the grass sparkles at sunrise like stars, you seriously consider spraying Valerian on tender young plants, if you didn’t the evening… Read more »

Lavender Lessons on Flexibility

One of the old lavender plants just pulled. The new growth is so short that we were unable to harvest it even for distillation this year.     One of the big things you learn in biodynamics is to observe not only what you see but also what you feel as you see it. As… Read more »

Natural Ecosystems and Diversity: What’s Blooming

mariposa tulip grows in the hot, open meadows               Natural Ecosystems and Diversity: What’s Blooming The end of wild flower season brings some of my favorites: mariposa tulip, bog candle, and Neptune’s trident.  They are all a part of the healthy diversity of this ecosystem in which we live…. Read more »

Beginning of Crystallization Period, January 15 to February 15.

Vineyard Floor in January. Beginning of Crystallization Period, January 15 to February 15. Do the crystals we call frost transmit information to the earth (like crystal receivers) this Crystallization Period, January 15 to February 15? This is the time Rudolf Steiner said the earth was most receptive to the forces of the cosmos. As earth,… Read more »