Our primary goal is to produce fruit of individuality that reflects the place in which it is grown. Analemma is committed to creating a diversified farm environment in which wine grapes, cherries, lavender, cows, and pasture thrive together as a living organism.
We achieve this by adhering to the following Biodynamic® principles and practices:
Investing In Our Soil- Fostering on-farm fertility through composting, integrating livestock in perennial crops, utilizing cover crops, creative re-use of materials such as cherry prunings as a mulch, creation and use of biodynamic composts and preparations, use of herbal teas to boost plants’ immunity, and no-till aeration to integrate air and water deeper into the soil profile.
Enhancing Biodiversity- Seeded cover crops for native pollinators and honey bees, in-house propagation and use of Blue Orchard Bees for pollination in commercial scale orchard, installed bird of prey houses and perches, establishment of native plantings including Oregon White Oak, maintaining uncultivated areas within farm for native biodiversity, setting aside 10% of acreage as wild and uncultivated land.
Learning Through Observation- Noticing when plants show signs of water stress and irrigating accordingly, recognizing indicators of disease pressure—such as powdery mildew—and spraying accordingly, observing plant structural health and modifying plant architecture accordingly.
“The Farm Standard reflects the Biodynamic principle of the farm as a living organism: self- contained, self-sustaining, following the cycles of nature. It is a regenerative organic farming system that focuses on soil health, the integration of plants and animals, and biodiversity. It demands close observation and participation of the farmer.
In practice, Biodynamic farming meets the organic standard including the prohibition of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, but goes much further. The integration of animals and animal feeds, perennial plants, flowers and trees, water features, and composting is emphasized. Dependence on imported materials for fertility and pest control is reduced. Water conservation is considered. Farms are required to maintain at least 10% of total acreage as a biodiversity set-aside. Riparian zones, wetlands, grasslands, and forests: all are considered an integral part of the life of the farm. Specially prepared medicinal plants, minerals, and composted animal manures help increase the vitality of the grapes grown and further anchor each individual farm in time and place.”