Mike Benziger has been a long-time advocate for Biodynamic farming at his former wineries, Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Winery.
Under giant ponderosa pines, Benziger helped a team from San Francisco-based SPARC on three test cannabis plots in the Valley of the Moon and continues to work with SPARC toward Demeter Biodynamic certification.
Ironically, it’s been reported that the Glen Ellen ranch he bought in the 1980s was a former pot farm in the 1960s, with vines as a cover crop.
“I have believed in the Biodynamic model for a long time. I have seen it work in the wine business,” Benziger said. “To have (SPARC CEO) Erich (Pearson) embrace this type of farming with his cannabis could create a whole new prototype for how that crop is farmed in America.”
… It’s also a chance to truly showcase “terroir” or a sense of place where the cannabis is grown.