Sara Schneider, our wine editor, tracked me down the other day to give me a gift. She found me chatting with Elizabeth Jardina, researcher-extraordinaire, and Alan Phinney, managing editor (also extraordinaire, of course) and handed over a nice, sleek cardboard box. You can imagine how special I felt being singled out by the wine editor, of all people, and being handed a gift. Who me? Gosh, thanks.
Was it special wine from an amazing organic vineyard? It didn't feel heavy enough to be a bottle. Magical seeds she'd procured?
I opened the box and instantly choked on a cloud of particulate matter. Ok, a slight exaggeration, but I essentially opened up a box of finely decomposed cow manure and a big 'ol cow horn. Um, thank you?
This is what I understand about biodynamics:
- It comes from a series of lectures given by Rudolf Steiner back in the '30s (Steiner also gave us Waldorf education).
- It involves paying very close attention to your land.
- There are a lot of compost preparations, such as stuffing a cow horn with cow poo and burying it under your ground for a winter.
- Stuffing a cow horn with cow poo and burying it under your ground for a winter
But back to my story. The gift. Of horn manure.
So, Paul Dolan gave Sara his old horn manure. And then Sara gave it to me. And then I went home and thought long and hard about the decisions I've made in life to have reached this moment. The moment of being given the gift of cow poo in a box.
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