Farming, Community, and the Sacred

My farming father would have been amazed at my son Jesse and his wife Lisa, of First Light Farm! He farmed all his life and loved the land. Community was a given in small town farm life, taken for granted. But with the advent of agribusiness practices, small farms went out of business and community deteriorated …. Read more »

Dark side of Travel and Tourism

I love to travel. I have from as far back as I can remember. One of my favorite poems as a child was, Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go…  I was born on a Thursday. I had… Read more »

Evolution of Farming: Young Farmers and Community

Evolution of Farming: Young Farmers and Community Young farmers are an evolution of the ones I grew up with, although they share that bone deep love of the earth. My father farmed; my grandfather farmed; my great grandfather, too. My brother said that once farming gets into your soul, it is there for good. Is… Read more »

Farming is About Community

Some of the Demeter certified product which is becoming more and more available, including at Whole foods. Yesterday Donald and I attended the National Heirloom Expo at the Santa Rosa, CA, fairgrounds and sat in on two Demeter seminars. The room was packed in the seminar in which Grover Stock and Erik Ohlsen of Permaculture… Read more »

Waning 2013 and Dark Nights

Two young redwoods we planted (left and center) 14 years ago to keep the redwood clump (to the right) company.     When we first began using Biodynamic practices, we were advised by our consultant to plant redwood trees at the east end of our vineyard because the clump of redwoods there were lonely and… Read more »

Leopold’s Land Ethic

Estella Leopold, Aldo Leopold’s youngest daughter, and his great grandson Jed Meunier read from the newly published anthology of his work, Leopold.                   Leopold’s Land Ethic Perhaps the most stirring phrase I heard throughout the Geography of Hope Conference this weekend in Point Reyes Station was Aldo… Read more »

Preparation for the Grand Opening (TODAY!)

Jesse and Nathan putting up the Grand Opening Sign.First Light Farm’s produce is a Certified Organic. Yesterday my grandson Wesley and I visited during the preparations for the Grand Opening of First Light Farm Farm Stand, 4588 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma, formerly Anderson’s Farm Stand. The stand will be open from 12 to 5 pm today… Read more »