Farming Practices

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We started out as an organic farm and vineyard in 2000, inspired by the world-class organic fruit growers in our Valley. In 2004 we discovered biodynamic farming thanks to a wonderful book, Secrets of the Soil, by Chris Bird and Peter Tomkins. The chapter about Fred Kirschenmann, the grain farmer in North Dakota and now an icon in the eco-farming movement, was especially inspiring.

Biodynamic farming is an organic farming method that helps us tap into Mother Nature's own services rather than buying expensive inputs for growing tasty wine grapes and pasture. Like other organic approaches, biodynamic avoids the use of factory-made fertilizers and pesticides. But different from any other organic method, biodynamic comes with a powerful guide for making and using natural soil and light amendments, called Biodynamic Preparations. Made by fermenting/composting different plant and animal materials together, the 9 biodynamic preparations help summon and coordinate all the partners that a healthy, resilient plant depends on to thrive. Fungi, soil critters, moon, bacteria, carbon, stars, other plants, nitrogen, rocks, sun, water, light, you name it! They're all partners in the crop's support system, and the biodynamic preps help foster this support system!

We started making biodynamic compost and applying the biodynamic preparations in 2006. Since then we've observed a remarkable improvement in soil and light quality, farm biodiversity, plant and livestock behavior, and product taste! Come see and taste for yourself!