Story of the Labyrinth

The eastern range is but an outline against the golden glow of First Light. Soon Ramon will arrive to harvest the labyrinth lavender, trimming the flower heads and packing them in sheet bundles. It is a “flower” day, moon in aquarius, an air or “flower” sign. Whenever possible in Biodynamic farming, we time work with… Read more »

The Importance of Habitat

Native bumble bee sleeping overnight in lavender, awakening when sun warms them.               The Importance of Habitat The lavender fields sound like the inside of a beehive this week, full of all kinds of bees: honey bees and mason bees, bumble bees and carpenter bees. Honey bees get a… Read more »

Distillation Event Sale of Last Season Lavender

  Distillation Event Sale of Last Season Lavender If you are in the area Saturday, July 16, please consider dropping by between 8:30 am and 11:30 am as Donald is distilling lavender. You can see the process, and also benefit from end of season sales. Prices are good only as supplies last. Biodynamic Organic Large… Read more »

Distillation: Join Us Saturday Morning, July 16, 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Distillation: Join Us Saturday Morning, July 16, 8:30 am to 11:30 am We started distilling this morning. The bees are buzzing, the sun releasing fragrance, the still going almost full time from now until we have distilled most of our remaining lavender, which seems like forever! This is because our still is small— the good… Read more »

A Cool Drink for Hot Times!

Lavender partially harvested at goat barn. A Cool Drink for Hot Times! For the best limeade ever, try our recipe: Lavender Limeade Heat 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers and the zest of a lime until the sugar has dissolved. Cool and strain. Use to sweeten… Read more »

Smoky Talks Book Review of Snakes, by Patricia Damery

JUNE 27, 2011 · 4:20 PM ↓ Jump to Comments Smoky Talks Book Review of Snakes, by Patricia Damery Snakes, by Patricia Damery Review by Smoky Zeidel, Author of Observations of an Earth Mage, The Cabin, and Redeeming Grace. Fisher King Press, 2011, $17.97 Someone who reads as much as I read obviously has a love affair… Read more »

Guest Blog: Part Three of Interview of Charlie Toledo, Executive Director of Suscol Intertribal Council, with Lisa Murgatroyd, Part Three

First Prototype of Suskol House, Native American Healing and Cultural Center in Chiles-Pope Valley. Photo by C. Toledo. Can we have effective stewardship of the land if we do not recognize its ancestral heritage —how it was tended before Western Europeans arrived, the ways it passed from generation to generation, the impact on all by… Read more »

Part Two: Interview with Charlie Toledo: First People’s Sacred Relationship with the Land

Charlie Toledo, Executive Directore Soscol Intertribal Council Guest Blog: Interview of Charlie Toledo, Executive Director of Suscol Intertribal Council, with Lisa Murgatroyd. Charlie will be speaking at the Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields Open House on June 18, 2011, at 11 am. Part Two: Interview with Charlie Toledo: First People’s Sacred Relationship with the Land… Read more »

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 »