Persephone LbNA # 12086
|Placed Date||Nov 7 2004|
|Location||Glen Ellen, CA|
|Last Found||Aug 2 2015|
The story of Persephone, as told by Thomas Bulfinch.
Persephone is the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was such a beautiful young woman that everyone loved her, even Hades wanted her for himself. One day, when she was collecting flowers on the plain of Enna, the earth suddenly opened and Hades rose up from the gap and abducted her.
Broken-hearted, Demeter wandered the earth, looking for her daughter until Helios revealed what had happened. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone six seeds of a pomegranate. When she later ate of it, it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there 6 months of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.
Benziger Family Winery
1883 London Ranch Rd.
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
What follows in an excerpt from the Benziger Winery website: www.benziger.com
What is Biodynamic Farming?
Biodynamics is a wholistic farming approach developed in the 1920s by scientist Rudolf
Steiner, the Austrian philosopher who created Waldorf education. Our 85-acre ranch achieved Biodynamic certification in 2000, through the Demeter Association, an independent third-party certifier for traditional Biodynamic farming practices. While it encompasses many of the principles of organic farming, such as the elimination of
all chemicals, Biodynamics goes further, requiring close attention to the varied forces of nature influencing the vine. It also emphasizes a closed, self-sustaining ecosystem. We are as attentive to the 30 acres of gardens, woodland, riparian areas, wetlands, cover crops and wildlife sanctuaries that comprise our 85-acre ranch, as we are the 42 acres planted to winegrapes.
Promotes the individuality of a given site by minimizing outside influences and recycling all farm and wine residues back into the vineyards.
Emphasizes soil health as a means of increasing the health of the vine and cultivating aroma, color and texture in the wine.
Uses no chemically synthesized fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants, hormones, antibiotics, growth regulators or GMOs. Reliance on these synthetics reduces the ability of the vine to absorb nutrients from the soil, leaving it susceptible to disease.
Over time, these chemicals kill the soil and the environment.
Employs a series of eight herbal-based preparations applied to the soil in order to promote soil vitality through increased microbiologic activity and diversity (think of these as vitamins
for the plant and soil). The more nutrient-rich and biologically diverse the soils, the more character in the wine.
Uses cover crops and companion plants to maximize the health of the vineyard environment.
Promotes pest control through soil management; Biodynamic sprays and teas; crop rotations and diversification; and the encouragement of diverse animal, bird and insect populations that lead to self-regulating predator and prey relationships.
Aligns vineyard practices (planting, pruning, etc.) with the earth's natural cycles (lunar, seasonal) for maximum health and development of the vines.
Go to the garden that welcomes insects. Walk the clock perimeter and notice the small pomegranate shrub at 3 o’clock. When you reach 6 o’clock turn towards the center of the clock and walk to the bifurcating hands that hold a lavender shrub. The treasure is on the left side behind the curb.