Revitalize the Planet through Agriculture
This is the story of our evolution,
of our understanding,
of our journey into this thing called wine.
As we tasted, visited, and did research, the world of wine opened up, even as we found ourselves instinctively drawn in a specific direction.
We found ourselves drawn to biodynamic vineyards and wineries. The wines they produced were just a step ahead in taste and nuance, and we wanted to discover why. We got a few books on biodynamics and read up to understand the history. Then we started pursuing interviews with biodynamic wineries. Tablas Creek, Montinore Estate, Syncline, and Hedges Family Wine were all early on our list. We found ourselves drawn to their sites, the way they expressed themselves, the way they looked at not just their vineyards but the planet.
When we traveled to Australia with the Wine Media Conference, we visited Krinklewood and Lowe wines. Back in the United States, in the Applegate Valley, we discovered Troon and Cowhorn. In the Willamette Valley, we found Johan. More recently we discovered, Marcel Zanolari, Cirelli and Emidio Pepe in Italy.
Visiting these vineyards and tasting their wines only reinforced the belief that farming biodynamically and applying the extra effort to make the soil and ecosystem better were, in FACT, making these wines better.
Biodynamics & Regenerative Organic Farming
This project started to evolve and come into focus when Robin wrote an article for Jancis Robinson’s Wine Writing Competition on “Regeneration.” We met wineries like Youngberg Hill who are all in on no-till agriculture, and other wineries who, while they may not have the certifications, practice the same methods and are seeing and reaping the results.
All of this comes down to respect for the land. For centuries, small farms had immense biodiversity. There were native plants and animals, crops, livestock and of course the humans, all working together and sharing space. This kept balance on the land. When we started larger farms, the biodiversity was lost. Land became places for crops or livestock and the human connection with the land grew more distant.
Biodynamics, began as a way of closing this gap. Regenerative agriculture is the modern day answer to getting back to this biodiversity, and enriching our soils to create healthier foods and mitigate climate change.
After having a year off during the pandemic to research and explore a path of our own appeared. We started to develop a clear vision of the approach we could take in helping to get these stories and the message on this type of agriculture out to people.
All this coalesced in Michael’s head forming an idea for a project with immense possibilities.
We have been in the entertainment world for over 30 years, and have been doing this wine adventure for over 15 years part time.
It’s time to add another chapter, or book in this sense, and start paying it forward by telling these stories and providing a path for the next generation to help provide a healing change, by developing their own Global Eco System.
We developed a website and concept a few years ago to share stories on a wide range of subjects. Life got busy and we shelved the concept about 3 years ago, to spend more time focused on Crushed Grape Chronicles.
The site was called Floatingboats.org. It was to be a launching point for new ideas.
We are relaunching Floatingboats.org. This will be the start of an adventure which helps build an ecosystem of like minded people, businesses, and solutions.
We have seen there is a growing movement and we want to help tell those stories.
So we have developed a grandiose plan to help to promote educate and implement this idea on a much larger scale.
This is not a new concept, people have been using these farming methods in various ways, and there are others out there sharing this story, but still, too few people are aware of these methods of agriculture that could save the planet. We need a big solution going forward to help reduce carbon and increase the fertility of our soils. We need farmers and vintners to adopt these methods. We need consumers, businesses, organizations, and governments to support them. In the end, we could save the planet, and as a bonus, we have tastier, healthier food and better wine.
We will be creating a multilevel plan, a series of stories, and educational platforms. We will need help funding this adventure, and we are working through several sources, funding checkpoints, and next steps.
The long-term Goal is to start a 501 (c3) foundation to fund these and other projects or find one that supports our goals that we can partner with.
There are several steps along the way, but the time to start is now (well, it was yesterday or the day before, but…). Follow along over the next several weeks and months. Follow our progress on Floating Boats.org.
We believe that life is too short. Work and play can go together when you are doing something meaningful, something that you love.
Stay tuned so much more is coming up Watch for Video’s introducing our plan on Crushed Grape Chronicles YouTube.
Watch for ways you can help us fund this journey and become part of the solution. Maybe even find a new and rewarding Career Path.