Sea Change in Napa County?

It has been three weeks now since that day we sat in the Napa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) chamber for the appeal hearing by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) of the Le Colline Vineyard project—the day that the Board of Supervisors crossed a line into a new world for Napa County. The CBD… Read more »

What happened to the old Farm Bureau?

The following was first published as a Letter to the Editor in the Napa Valley Register on March 21, 2023. Twenty minutes into the Farm Bureau’s membership Zoom session on Groundwater last week, my screen went black, and then a message appeared that the “host,” in this case, the executive director of the Farm Bureau,… Read more »

Art and Land-Use

Casey and I ran across the stone one late autumn day in 2016 as we were hiking the trails of Austin Park in Napa. We stopped in surprise, examining a   haiku pasted to its side. “grass greens bright/long slow drizzle/ flowers prepare to POP”.  We photographed the stone and continued down the trail. Just… Read more »


We planted Califonia poppies in our vineyard in 1999 after our Biodynamic consultant prescribed a list of wildflowers to seed between the rows.  My son Casey and I mixed the various seed with sand in a wheelbarrow, some, like the poppy seed, as small as a period, some the size of a pearl. After stirring… Read more »

Approaching Mystery

Mystery is a bridgeApproaching Mystery Approaching Mystery In his book Climate: Soul of the Earth, anthroposophist Dennis Klocek discusses the differences in attitude of Cain and Abel in approaching the Mystery. This is what we Jungians would call masculine and feminine ways of approaching the unknown or the Other. In the masculine way, or Cain’s… Read more »

Prairie Fires and Forest Fire: Flames for New Consciousness?

Fire is an important part of many healthy ecosystems. Suppressed, it often becomes an uninvited guest!   Prairie Fires and Forest Fire: Flames for New Consciousness? The settlers coming into Illinois during the early part of the 19th century suffered many of the hardships of any people populating an unfamiliar territory. Drawn by location and the… Read more »

On Seeds and Chaos

Black Oak Seed     Rudolf Steiner stated that when matter’s complexity is taken to its most ultimate degree (as in the seed), it disintegrates, and chaos ensues. Carl Jung would call this enantiodromia: the tendency to change into the opposite, “especially as a supposed governing principle of natural cycles and of psychological development” (New… Read more »

Special Events at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields

Special Events at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields Special Events at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields Open House, June 19, 2010. Please join us for an all-out sensory experience when our fields will be in full bloom. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sample lavender culinary treats, tour our Biodynamic® ranch, pet our goats. Listen to a reading… Read more »

Farming & Soul

“the psychological problem of today is a spiritual problem, a religious problem . . .” —C.G. Jung, C.G. Jung Speaking: Interview and Encounters, “Does the World Stand on the Verge of Spiritual Rebirth?” Farming & Soul A psychological and spiritual reckoning, Farming Soul questions theories and assumptions that date back to the early 1900’s and… Read more »