Winter Wineland at Truett Hurst Winery

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Truett Hurst Winery will host a Winter Wineland event January 17 and 18, 2009. Guests will have an opportunity to sample wines and see the progress of this young, biodynamic winery. Blue Planet Green Living featured Truett Hurst Winery in a recent article, Birth of a Biodynamic Winery.

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Birth of a Biodynamic Winery

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At Truett Hurst Winery, a new addition to the fine wineries of Sonoma County, we not only have decided to forgo pesticides and herbicides, we also have begun to farm biodynamically. Simply put, biodynamics is a form of farming that strives to be self-sustained, self-contained, and harmonious with nature.

We have embarked on a three-year program to adhere to the rigid standards set by Demeter, an international certifying body, whose standards are said to exceed those of the National Organic Program. We are confident that the winery we are creating will be sustainable both in farming practices and economically, and will produce world-class wines.

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Pursuing the Dream of a Sustainable Life

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At 9:00 on a brisk autumn morning in rural Illinois, Jill Schutts and her son, Ely, bundle up and trek from their old farmhouse to the out buildings. While Schutts takes Joe on a tour of the hen house and feeds their small flock of free-range hens, Ely grabs a piece of firewood and works at cracking the thick ice on top of the goats’ watering trough. For this family, living sustainably is far more than a platitude; it’s a habit of daily life.

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