Biodynamic farmers connect to earth’s rhythms
“When vintner Randall Grahm chose the softly sloping hillside and time to plant his new pinot noir vines, he weighed all the things farmers usually consider: drainage, soil quality and weather.
Then he considered less orthodox factors: the cosmic and seasonal rhythms at play and how they might be harnessed to help the clippings take root.
Grahm, who owns Bonny Doon winery on the Northern California coast, is one of a growing number of farmers in the United States employing a holistic farming philosophy sometimes called “organic-plus.” Biodynamic farming views land as a self-contained living organism, encouraging respect for the soil’s integrity and eschewing not just chemicals but anything that comes from outside the farm.”
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