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I’m interested in purchasing some of your wine to serve at a hunger colation fund raiser on the 13th and possibly another fund raiser in April. If you get this before the 10th please email me or call me @ 509-738-7382
rightOn Bro…sproing is happing here in Good Ol Gifford too. Couldit be>>> No i don’t trust it either, but the poor aramaris nubbins seem to…looking forward to some tasting.Permalink
I agree. I need more time for weaving, basketry, painting the living room and I just don’t trust this weather. The last week of February or first week of March just like it did in 2003, 2009, and very late April Fools joke–2008!Permalink
O. K. so, how do I purchase wine from you guys?Permalink
Plus his name sounds communist.Permalink
I think Alinsky can still teach us a lot about being good citizens. Unfortunately, he gets categorized as a liberal wacko which prevents a broader and more complex view of his idea. I think your response to your relatives could help others see some of the broad humanism that was so much a part of Alinsky’s approach.
Post Script: A new generation of extremists are going to law school, wearing three-piece suits, fighting for their ideologies in the court room, and getting elected to public office. The battle grounds have shifted from the more visible forums of the sixties to smaller, indoor settings where relatively few people make huge decisions that can ruin lives for generations to come. This means the strategies of their opposition have to change too.Permalink
Thanks to everyone who emailed approving comments to me about this blog. That is a good way to keep your name out of it. I waded into this pool in the hope of sparking some helpful dialogue. So if you are willing to join the conversation, I appreciate posts into the comment part of the blog. (I know the part where you have to interpret a phase in a picture is annoying but it saves me from dealing with literally hundreds of spam comments.)Permalink
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.Permalink
This blog brings back lots of memories. Thanks Joe!Permalink
Great synopsis! Best I’ve read…it was a summer to remember and we hope never to see the like again!Permalink
[…] readers may remember the video in the first part of the blog on “Critters”. It shows a swarm of white flies over our apple tree. Leaf hoppers have traditionally been the […]Permalink
Let me know what grapes you have available in 2016.
as always I enjoyed this blog … keep em comingPermalink
Great blog, Joe.Permalink
WOW! Great seeing you, no talk so thanks! <3Permalink
Good One Joe~ I enjoyed the journey vicariously, hey we’re talking more music around the end of the month?? My grapes are looking really good, I was ruthless with the pruning, no more nice girl!Permalink
good one Joe even though you “plagiarized” a bit of … I am sure Big Bird and Bert and Ernie would be okay with the imitatingPermalink
You two are living a bountiful life! I am glad you got in some travel, because it looks like you are going to have one Hooooot summer! I assume no bottles of wine were lost in the shelf misshap? You can certainly tout your wine as being in the old country tradition!Permalink
I liked the comparison to playing hookie when mushroom hunting. That is always how I feel. But if I don’t get away from all the physical work that needs to get done my body hurts, so really it is an important mini vacation. I envy your morels. We also burnt our massive pile after the heat and a spit of rain. The wind kept rotating that day and with the tractor to tidy it , we got it all burned before the next heat wave. They have already hayed the Island! Things that bloom in July are done. The warm nights have led to many barbeque potlucks and croquet with friends and neighbors. Also a low tide day wading in warm water at False Bay, and an air matress day on the pond. (I am not a big swimmer)Permalink
Oh Joe, That was so sweet! We built memories this weekend with Bina clan.Permalink
Those morels look yummY!! Hey remember the wine you made from my too low sugar content Foch in 2011? Gifford Ferry Foch. Well cleaning out the root cellar (newspaper shelf lining read 1988!) I took a look at all those bottles and bought one up to try…just to see if… and amazingly it tastes pretty good! I’ll try to bring a bottle by to get a “expert” opinion. Blog onPermalink
Good one!!! I got into a yellowjackets nest cutting burdock!11…youw!!! Yeah into the house clothes off!Permalink
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you sound prepared … just in time for the holiday seasonPermalink
Gray-C’s best side??Permalink
Joe, thanks for the lesson in wine making. But also thanks for the Christmas letter and its counterpart on your website. I hope you and your family have great holidays.Permalink
I think the theme for this posting is SNOW!Permalink
We had 16′ this morning, but glorious sun . Tom bushwhacked up Mt. Dallas with friends yesterday while I hiked White Point. It is supposed to be warmer tonight, maybe snow, which would be nice. Warm wishes for a Great New Year despite nagging political dread. Be thankful you are old enough to get Medicare! RosaliePermalink
Love your blogs … love your style of writingPermalink
Geez and I thought our broken toilet was exciting!Permalink
always fun to read about ‘life at the winery’ … you have a great way with words … empathy and sympathy with water troubles … been there done that … at least for me it was at a warmer time of year and the accompanying floods dried up quicklyPermalink
Hello, I am interested in purchasing 2-3 red wine grape plants, preferably Cabernet Franc. Do you have any for sale at this time?
well glad it is mostly smoke but I sure miss our summers from the past …Permalink
Orange sun in mauve sky here, red moon gives everyone the creeps. Mostly watering and harvesting, some reading when it is too hot out. House remains cool with strategic efforts. I hope you don’t get any fire closeby. Cheers, RosaliePermalink
Well said Joe, and pretty much how the book impacted me several years ago. We can see it happening before our very eyes, only now it is not just the distruction of the soil, but the air and the water, and the balance that is so essential to our existence. I am glad there are people like you that are clinging to older wiser ways of living. I try to lower my carbon impact, but it isn’t easy. We just saw An Inconvenient SEquel:Truth to Power. Not pleasant but important! In 1983 James Burke did a series on PBS about global warming, and predicted pretty close to exactly what happened, especially about how hard it was to get the nations to cooperate on controling carbon emissions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfE8wBReIxwPermalink
Okaayyeee HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Yes 70 is worth celebrating and a continuing challenge. Grapes galore here, juicing and giving the Foch to the birds (they looked so disappointed after I beat them to all the Pinots), pear juice sweetened with crystalized ginger turns out to be delicious! Used pulp for pear butter…what a great fruit year!! It was nice seeing Cheryl at the baby shower. Falling into fall – no frost here yet, but this week may be it. Cheers!Permalink
well once again a informative and fun newsletter … I really enjoy your writings and musingsPermalink
I was confused about whether you were making traditional charcoal or plain fully burnt ash. I know from Kenya that charcoal is made by building a hot fire, then covering it with fresh wood (branch and split log sizes} Then covering the whole thing with dirt so as to allow only a small amount of smoke to escape thereby insuring a slow conversion of the wood to charcoal. (you know, Chemistry 101, heat a woodchip in a test tube with a cork that allows only a little gas to escape, but not allow enough oxygen into the tube to ignite the wood. The chip will turn to charcoal. Similarly, the roasting of coffee is a process of turning the beans into resinous char but not to the extent of making them charcoal. Most of the available flamable products remain in the charcoal. The example is Mesquite charcoal brickets out of Texas.
On a similar subject:
There are techniques available to convert the smoke from fossil fuel burning power plants into bio-oil by running it through algae which consumes the CO2 and converts it. But of course it is much easier and cheaper to just burn the fuel and let the smoke enter the atmosphere. When will we learn? When the polar ice cap disappears? Of course not, the Russians and the oil companies already have great plans to turn the Polar ice cap into a Huge (as Trump would say) oil field. I think that is why Secretary Tillerson wanted the job. He was already plotting to have a contract with Russia to exploit the Cara Sea oil reserved.
BTW, Merry Winter Solstice, and Happy new year to you and your Kin!
well said as usual. Happiest of New Years to you and yoursPermalink
What a nice posting! And Roger is making biochar and medlar wine these days. He’s reading “Growing a Revolution – bringing our Soil back to Life” by David Montgomery who came to speak on SJI last summer. Looks like you had fun sledding with James.Permalink
Joe, come over this summer (?) and see the system Roger has going.Permalink
well said … well written … nothing like winter to keep one on ones toesPermalink
The only one of those movies that we saw was the Greatest Showman; very enjoyable. We liked Darkest Hour, but I can’t remember what other movies we have seen.
I can honestly say I don’t miss snow. I will bet you don’t right now either! We are looking forward to tasting some of that wine of yours. We don’t wan to open it until you explain where you got the vines etc.
Do you and Cheryl like grapefruit? We cannot eat them because of our perscription, but we will have a tree full of grapefruit, and a lot of lemons too.
The weather report says high temps of 70 F all week but slight chance of sun on Sunday. Still hoping the weather gods will smile on your visit.Permalink
We need 5 Okonagan Riesling grape plants how much are they apiece?
I assume you have read about the predatory mites. UC Davis has done a lot of research on them.
I assume you probably know the following, but I thought I would mention it. creating a mildly acid environment tents to inhibit fungi.
Old Farmer’s Almanac on powdery mildew: Spray infected plants with fungicides. Effective fungicides for powdery mildew treatments or cures include sulfur, lime-sulfur, neem oil, and potassium bicarbonate. Spray your plants with fungicides according to their directions. If you don’t want to use fungicides, try spraying your plants with a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 quart of water. Remember to spray your plants thoroughly.Permalink
Thanks Klugy. Actually I seldom have a problem with either of these. I do have a folder of mildew solutions. Mites seem to be a dormant spray issue but are not a significant problem right now.Permalink
I think a wine tasting session at ovenell’s is in order!Permalink
I didn’t know we had oak trees here. Very cool blog. ThanksPermalink
“yellow” is my favorite color and I am glad to hear yellow jackets are good for something … we had a major infestion this year … many, many bites … have a good winter my friendPermalink
This is exciting news about your wines being favorably reviewed but I think the accolades are an under-estimation of how truly grand your wines are.Permalink
So how did you get Mark Musick to introduce the wine to Ron Irvine? I missed that part.Permalink
Good to hear you are in touch with Mark Musick. I met him in the mid-’70s at Pike Place Market when he recruited me to do some repairs to a combine at the farm he worked at. Pragtree Farm?Permalink
Excellent article. Thanks for informing me about the local sewage treatment process. I found it interesting. I was wondering if the dried up biosolids are always spread onto fields in the Colville area? Does some of it that testes high for pollutants go the the landfill? It is very concerning about the health problems to both the soil organisms, animals and people that live at and near the fields that are spread with the biosolids. I bet the pharmaceuticals is very high and the heavy metals are too. I would like to know what fields south of Colville have received bio-sludge.
Thank you for the interesting article.
We investigated overview, Joe. When I studied veg crops 201, they said the most productive farms int he world are in Taiwan, where they can get up to 5 crops a year off of the farmland. How do they maintain the soil fertility. With the shit of their animals and themselves. I don’t now how many harmful chemicals have been introduced since 1982, but it was working for them at that time.Permalink
50 years ago I was station at an army post in a small village 40 miles north of Seoul Korea. The locals were entrenched in the use of animal (including human) waste as crop nutrient source. Locals would intentionally plug our toilets- there were many- so they could muck out the solids by hand before it went down the drain to treatment. It was free and they really had nothing else available. I was not aware of any abnormal health issues in this village or the country.
However, unlike today- particularly in the US and perhaps other developed countries- there was no rampant use of antibiotics, pesticides, fragrances and the other peculiarities Joe mentioned in this article. This now seems to be something we cannot escape no matter where we live; They are as ubiquitous as microplastic particles, an unintended consequence.
I get to Africa every few years and know that in the rural (meaning no electricity or running water) Kenya human waste is combined with animal waste on field crops- mostly corn. And while there is now definitely more western influence impacting their lives- particularly farming pesticides- animal and human waste is a free source of nitrogen for these subsistence farming people.
If it were not for all of the modern-day additives in human waste one has to wonder if the world’s historical use of human waste would have come to this. Again, beware of unintentional consequences.
Great article Joe, Thanks!Permalink
great blog Joe … worth the wait … great pictures and your iris’s are beautifulPermalink
Excellent article, Joe! I’ve been managing my forest for fire risk, and notice that grass will come up in areas I thought were too shady. Hearing about breeds that browse encourages me to keep working in my woods. Maybe someday we will have a herd of cattle or sheep on our place. We will want somebody else to run that enterprise, of course. Too busy being retired, ourselves.
Going to google a forestry brush hog now…
Roger at Thornbush, San Juan Island
Quite the menagerie Joe…Permalink
well I am a happy camper that the link is working … love the picturesPermalink
Joe was.a man of such hight principle, so joyest and a dedicated family man. First acquainted with him through his friend Sol.
Many memorable time at ymca pool!!
As always pertinent and profound, some tears here for your family and father. being with the loved one is an honor and a revelation, puts a shining light on what is important. I too had some new critters around this year including a multitude of squirrels who joyously decimated my walnuts and hazel nuts, but they sure were fun to watch. Concords best ever others not so great, white mold. anyway the party was fun and the company great. Happy Thanksgiving <3Permalink
You write a good family history. Reading it causes one to remember the sort of incidents that occurred in the foggy memory of my own family. Dennis Craig Pulver can be found by doing a simple search on Google.Permalink
This is a lovely tribute and a loving one. No wonder Joe was so proud of you all.Permalink
Well for a egg-headed blog that was pretty good. I even learned the meaning of a couple new words, something I always value. I have known for some time now that we only think we know. We actually have no idea about what is actually going on here or where the whole thing is headed. We, being that royal we, think we do but if you once realize that even in yourself, that changes on a fairly regular basis, just multiply that by millions. In some places and peoples lives Maslow’s triangle is pretty accurate, but I think in a society where peace quote un-quote, exists and every need appears to be answered, then it’s upside down. Other than the fact that death would be right around the corner if one stopped eating completely, music/poetry are food to me and without them my day is dull and without nourishment. Great job, made me think. I’ll be watching, Have a Great day !Permalink
I’ll need to do this one again in small doses;)
Here we go in the Year of the RAT!
Very interesting! Life is a mystery, but you have brought a lot of thought to bear on it. I was particularly impressed with the inverted state of the ocean compared to the biomass distribution on land. Ironically the largest mammal on earth today, feeds largely on the smallest creatures in the sea. I don’t know what the proportion of producers (e.g. phytoplakton) and higher forms (krill) are in the diet of whales, but you make a telling argument about the proportion of animals that sustain us to our human biomass. being a farmer has certainly brought you to a prospective of human existence that few of us ever consider! That fan diagram of the biota is humbling, and even our pinnacle position is only possible because there are many times more symbiotic single-celled organisms in us that genetically human cells.Permalink
Looking back over the material, I’m coming to the conclusion that the observations about marine (actually ‘reef’) systems probably aren’t that key to your general argument. The mass of creatures at each trophic level is largely distinct from the amount of energy (calories/square meter/day for instance) produced at each trophic level which isn’t inverted.
In any case, the physical impact of humans on the earth’s biological systems is, to a very large extent, a function of the choices we make about foodstuffs. A carnivorous diet centered around eating herbivores will require roughly 10X the energy input that a fruit/vegetable diet requires. Because that vegetable diet is dependent on sunlight, a carnivore will require roughly 10X the sunlight (or area on which the sunlight falls) that a vegetarian requires. In ‘modern society’, this means that a carnivore is responsible for turning 10X as much land over to agricultural production as a fruitivore/vegetarian.
I don’t have figures for the rate of energy burn for a person who lives by her/his mind, vs. a physical field worker. There might be significant difference there, or maybe not.
I’d also guess that there’s a substantial range in the degree to which sunlight falling on a given area of land (say an acre) can be converted to food-grade calories in a given time period. But, all things being equal, browsing is far more efficient than butchering.Permalink
Dennis Craig Pulver died suddenly in Vancouver, Washington, where he had moved not long before. I am sorry for your losses and the lack of communication to you and Cheryl at the time of Dennis’ death.Permalink
I went to high school with Dennis in atlanta Georgia back in 1960. we hung out together a lot. he had an older brother, Al, who I was very close to as teenagers. He also had a little sister named Cheryl. His mother was the sweetest lady. His Dad was President of Lockheed Ga at the time. I lost touch with the whole family when they moved back to California, and then to Oregon. Al Pulver has a son, and a former wife, Joyce Pulver, the mother of his son, Ricky. They still live in Georgia I believe. Joyce is or was, a real estate agent.Permalink
well thank you for the tour … love your Easter costumesPermalink
Impressive tour Joe! I do miss the personal commentary however. Hope we can do some on-site visiting during the summer.Permalink
Y’all’s industry never ceases to amaze me!Permalink
I love the shredder and biochar. Good work, crew! EleanorPermalink
Your old fashioned industry and modern ingenuity are admirable and enviable. Good on you.Permalink
Hello my name is dan i was referred to you from a common friend. I posted in face book that i was looking for some grape seeds to start some grapes to see how they would grow here in Nespele
. I only got into gardening last year and wanted to expand my foods on my one acre peice of land. I do not drink alchohol but still am interested to grow them. My question today is do you by chance sell organic grape starts? I am looking for a couple to begin with.
Good reading Joe- nice to ‘meet’ another neighbor!Permalink
Joe, this is as good as Masanobu Fukuoka- and more concise. Thanks, DonPermalink
I remember that potato patch!Permalink
Thanks Joe. Always the busy bees.
Magical photo of the hobbit house.
You aptly point out the challenges that we will face in out food supply of the future. I worked with farmers long enough to know that farming is no picnic! If we don’t make efforts to support the environmentally sustainable farming systems while grinding the dumping of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, we could conceivably lose this battle.Permalink
I like the succinct bio-char explanation. I’ll need to give the compost tea sites a look; seems to be a lot going on there.Permalink
Synchronicity- Roger is going to a local sawmill this week for scraps.Permalink
The miller wants me to take a load of sawdust as well. I’ve been reading about torrefaction, a lower temperature process than pyrolysis. Torrefied sawdust can be used to make pellets and potting soil.
Keep up the good work, Joe!
“Too hot to hoot!”Permalink
That’s good new about Cheryl. Sorry you are having to face the monster heat wave. Even Pottland OR on the Columbia had 113 F, and Seattle was close behind. The ocean buffers us in Hawaii, but we are worried that the high ocean temp might lead to hurricanes later in the season; they are already starting in Baja CA.Permalink
Joe and Cheryl! Enjoyed hearing about your fall. Grapes, maps, cats! Hang in there.Permalink
Joe, this reads like a to-be-continued saga. Where will the data lead?Permalink
hmm I thought Frank Herbert wrote Dune.
I have a friend who is thinking of moving to Ferry county near Barslow to start an organic farm and eco resort.
Do you have any words of wisdom? Where are you located
Second read is still good & with clearer pics!Permalink
Bummer indeed- and leafhoppers too…
It has been a weird year for growing grapes.
Don’t let that COVID slip into long-term. Get the new vaccine as soon as they will allow. Kaiser has not gotten their supply of the Maderna yet. Sounds like a rough year. The mechanical stuff is not as hard to deal with as the damn computer morass. I had to upgrade Windows and it would not eve transfer my Outlook files, I have to go back to my old computer to salvage email addresses.
It never rains but what it pours. I guess the hot weather has speeded up the grape harvest?
Have you had any luck with the local extension services on bug identification? Or are there Master Gardeners here?Permalink
Hi Joe. One probable correction. You posted: “…there are 1.5 million beetles, and they aren’t insects.” Actually the most numerous of all insect species are the beetles (Order Coleoptera). I suspect you meant “…there are 1.5 million beetles, and they aren’t bugs.” The term ‘bug’ is somewhat ambiguous. With the insect clan “true bugs” are those of the Order Hemioptera (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemiptera) and include the cicadas, aphids, planthoppers, leafhoppers, stink bugs, giant toe-biters, assassin bugs, bed bugs, and shield bugs. Used in a more general sense, “bug” can mean any insect or small arthropod. One other thing, while I imagine the app will be useful, be prepared to have a lot of your finds remain uncertain. Even the best entomologists need to physically examine (or dissect) a bug to ID it with any certainty.Permalink
Lost my 17yo Chihuahua, Bella, to cardiac and pulmonary hypertension a few weeks ago. We are never ready to let them go. I live ~5 minutes away from the WSU Veterinary Hospital, and Bella was in there 4 times over the course of late September through late October.
I hope you can find some peace. It’s nature’s cruelest joke that we never get enough time with our dogs.Permalink
Condolences for your profound loss Joe & Cheryl. Such a pal your Gretchen was. Glad she’s resting where she always waited for your return.Permalink
Sorry to hear about Gretchen.
Ice wine may sell better for more.
I caught 5 rainbow trout at the dock on lake
Chelan with just hook and line and my special cheese bait.
Reminds me of the fish we caught as kids on the elwah river.
You cope with winter better than me.
I have to move half of the furniture I own, like two garages
full because the storage place is remodeling.
I am confirming to my neigh
borhood with some gripes.
Joe and Cheryl. I know this note is a little late, but Sue and I feel your loss of Gretchen. We lost our beloved Papillion, Stella, in October of last year. She left a huge gap in our daily lives. Second, you will want to know the Baco Noir plants I bought from you three years ago are doing very well. We took a small crop off of them in October last year. The Okanogan Riesling plants have done well also, not so much Gewurtz…. It has been difficult to encourage, though it still manages.
Our first Baco and Riesling wines are in the carboys resting atm. Thanks for your insight. Again, we are sorry for your loss.
PS I may come to you for a couple more Baco and Riesling vines, if you have starts available.
Met you at the farmers market a couple weeks ago and appreciate the information in your catalog and on your web site! Thanks!Permalink
I would love to order a case of your 2012 French Rocks Red. Is that possible?Permalink
Thanks for posting pics of our Christmas fun.Permalink
Dear Mr. Barreca,
I am inquiring if you have any dormant canes for sale, particularily the Baco Noir. I wish to start a personal vineyard just north of you for future home made wine. I would require around 150 dormant canes if possible. Would this be a problem? I have yet to research the other varieties you have as I am not too familiar with northern climate grapes but may consider them also. I have a few acres of land doing nothing… 🙂