Wine Celebrates “The International Day of Poo”
Winemakers and grapegrowers across the globe are celebrating what might kindly be called "The International Day of Poo". Today, the Autumnal Equinox, is the the day that biodynamic grape growers are called upon to undertake "Preparation 500".
Preparation 500 is the act of taking a steer horn, stuffing it with steer manure, burying it in the vineyard for six months, digging it up on the Spring Equinox six months later, then diluting the "mixture" and spraying the vineyard with it.
Stu Smith, author of of the blog Biodynamics Is a Hoax has a timely post up on his blog about what I like to call "The International Day of Poo". Entitled "Why Today is Different From All Other Days", the article investigates the origins of "Preparation 500" according to Rudolph Steiner and has some choice commentary on the practice and what it means.
The post and the Biodynamics Is A Hoax blog is highly recommended.
Since I don't have a vineyard, it will be difficult for me to properly celebrate the International Day of Poo. However, I will "use the facilities" later and think about biodynamics.