On Boundaries

Dasher walking the eastern boundary.

On Boundaries


Each year this time when we receive our certification renewal papers, we are asked to describe what is happening along each section of the boundary of our property. There are two reasons for this. In Demeter Biodynamic/ Stellar Certification Services organic farming we are required to have buffer zones along stretches where a neighbor uses non-organic fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides. This helps insure the…

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Pruning

Pruning
Pruned chardonnay vine

 

Pruning

In January Natalio begins pruning the grapevines and fruit trees when it is not raining, then ties canes of the pruned vines to train them. Each year he is anxious…

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Crystallization

Crystallization

In biodynamics the period from January 15 to February 15 is called the Crystallization Period, that time when the earth is fallow and most receptive to the energies of the cosmos. It is said that any application applied at this time will do nothing until after February 15,…

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