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Wine, lavender and… rhubarb!

April 1, 2011

Biodynamic farming, as a definition, aims towards managing the whole farm as if it is a single entity. No off-farm inputs. In theory, everything you need on your farm comes from your farm.

A true biodynamic farm has boundaries, a fence or a hedgerow, to keep you separate from your neighbor and all of the good juju stays within. When I think about this concept, I can’t help but wonder where we would be without our neighbors, or without our community. Biodynamics, in my opinion takes a village.

So we’re lucky (BEYOND lucky!) to have neighbors like the de Lancellotti family up on Calkins Lane in Newberg. Not only do they make beautiful wines, but they also farm their vineyards biodynamically (and just received their Demeter Certification!), they raise Scottish Highland cows , berries, veggies, lavender and rhubarb! They’ve also been generous in offering up some of their lavender for our CSA again this year, along with their biodynamic rhubarb for the first box or two.

If you can think of anything more wonderful than gathering lavender in a biodynamic vineyard, on a hill, at sunset in the summer… you let me know and I’ll be there in 10 minutes.

Anyway, I mention this not only because they are good friends of ours, doing incredible things with vineyards and wine… but because they are hosting a great wine event this weekend that is worth checking out:  50% of all tasting fees from the wineries on Calkins Lane are going to Japan relief efforts.

So look them up, and go visit… it’s well worth the drive.  De Lancellotti Family Vineyards.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2011 10:14 pm

    Nadine speaks the truth. Lavender at sunset, few things are better.

  2. nadinelew permalink*
    April 2, 2011 12:15 am

    except for when gathering lavender is immediately followed by a giant burrito from the taco truck in newberg. and ‘twilight’, the movie.

  3. April 4, 2011 12:16 am

    Stumbled on this while checking out the local CSA options to see what was new. Although Dirtbox showed up in the results list, you aren’t quite local enough for us in Corvallis. But I enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to visiting it again, as well as coming out to the farm when I get to your neighborhood. I’ll check and see if you have visitor buying days..
    Jana

  4. nadinelew permalink*
    April 4, 2011 12:29 am

    thanks jana! sometimes i think the only person who read this blog is my boyfriend’s mom… nice to hear that we’re getting the word out there!

    we don’t have visitor buying days. but you’re welcome to swing by and visit anytime. 🙂

  5. April 4, 2011 11:10 pm

    Nadine, I’m totally coming to deLancelotti’s with you! My friend Lindsay has a killer recipe for lavender shortbread cookies…maybe she’ll guest blog for us when it’s lavender season 🙂

  6. June 10, 2011 6:39 am

    Still reading…
    Jana

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