biodynamics

Become a Biodynamic Gardener, and grow your own. Learn about “the buddy system” and “companion plantings” as well as composting and crop rotation. Certain plants benefit by growing near other plants: tall crops can provide a canopy for shorter crops; leeks will repel carrot flies; include flowering herbs and perennials to attract beneficial insects. 

Illustration:  Genevieve Simms 

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I photographed a really interesting story for today’s New York Times about a feud between a successful Oregon Winery and a new Pot Growing operation who moved in next door. Moe Momtazi and his family vineyard doesn’t want Richard Wagner’s Yamhill Naturals Cannibus next door. Both growers use organic biodynamic principles yet they can’t seem to coexist. The Wine/Weed drama plays out with a murdered cow, phone threats and other twists like a western noir. Be sure to read Laura Holsons article today. Huge thanks to the best Eve Lyons for the fun assignment. 

2016 M. Plouzeau Château de la Bonnelière Chinon Rive Gauche Rosé

This is an organic and biodynamic rosé, b*tches! Ripe red and white strawberries, yumberry, hint of pencil wood, and cranberries on the nose. Similar on the palate with loads of red and white strawberries, a hint of cherries, and ripe cranberries. 

4/5 bones

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Cabernet Franc

12.5% abv

Chinon (Loire), FRANCE

2015 Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorées Morgon

Oooh the stones and earth must be truly golden where they produce this lovely organic and biodynamic Beaujolais. Peppered strawberry bubblegum (imagine that!) on the nose with forest berries, wild strawberries, and saplings. Beyond that, it definitely smells like wine. Riper strawberries and even raspberries with young wood on the palate. 

3/5 bones

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Gamay

12% abv

Morgon (Beaujolais - Burgundy), FRANCE

anonymous asked:

Where do herb correspondences come from? People love to reference Scott Cunningham's book on herbs, but he never explains why this herb means this or that one means that. Where does this information come from?

Historically, most metaphysical herb correspondences come from something about the herb itself: its medicinal application, appearance, common locations, relationship with wildlife, etc.

St. John’s wort, for example, has a bright yellow, sunny appearance, and its metaphysical associations include the sun, masculinity, Midsummer’s Eve, and protection against witches and the fae.  Nettles are popular for protection, for obvious reasons.  I sometimes carefully use pennyroyal for certain kinds of protection as well, which is highly toxic and was used as an abortifacient in the medieval era.  (Pennyroyal is seriously toxic; never ingest and keep away from children and pets Always, always do your research before handling and using any herbs.)  Valerian is one of the best herbal sleeping aids and so shows up in a lot of sleep-based spells.  In Irish folklore, gorse is associated with wealth because of its small golden flowers.

In all honesty, I would take Cunningham’s work with a grain of salt.  It’s been criticized as being ‘not bad’ but still definitely flawed, and it disagrees with some of the energies and associations I’ve found to be most effective with my own practices, as it has with other people’s.

Nicholas Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, a 17th-century compendium of English herbalism, is interesting in how it combines astrology, sympathetic magic, and legitimately empirical medicine – although, like many medicinal texts of that era, some of the recipes are poisonous, so, like, keep away from the mercury, please.  Using astrology is based on the idea that heavenly bodies emit unique energies that influence the world and its inhabitants in various ways.  Some contemporary organic farms are engaged in biodynamic farming, which operates on some of these principles with the idea that it brings out and preserves the greatest potential of the produce.

Green witchcraft and sometimes cottage witchcraft are probably the types that use herbs in magic the most, so those would be good practices to check out if you haven’t already.

(Please forgive my rambling – I used to work at an herbal healing business and I get really excited about it.)

- mountain hound

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Rebranding ad campaign we did for Laurel Whole Plant Organics skincare line. Just so happens to be our favorite skincare products ever. Pure, handmade, all organic and biodynamic, so luxurious. Photos by Trinette+Chris. Styling by Laura Cook. Assisting by Garry Belinsky.