Maynard James Keenan: Biodynamics For Dummies

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With few exceptions, knowing is better than not knowing. As they say, "Knowledge is power."

If you believe this as much as I do, then you can understand why some of our historic monsters went to such great lengths to eliminate knowledge and why forward thinkers and the socially conscious would die to preserve and protect it, although those extreme actions seem quite ludicrous these days. Imagine taking a bullet to protect the secret hiding place containing your calculator/abacus, dictionary, typewriter, or copy of Biodynamics for Dummies. Crazy talk.

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- [The Archive] Maynard James Keenan

When I planted my first vines in 2004, I was definitely shooting in the dark, jumping off the deep end, swinging for the fence. Pick one. I had no pool or database of accumulated research, agricultural history, or any relevant experience from which to draw before taking/making said shot/leap/swing. And as such, mistakes were made, poor advice followed, near disasters narrowly averted. Or not. I learned some expensive lessons. And there are still more lessons ahead. I'm keeping records in the Bunker and Chris Turner is keeping records in the field, but time is against us when it comes to establishing patterns and maps by which to navigate. We get one chance a year to get this right. The database is growing, but I sure could use a crystal ball.

Good news. There is hope for that crystal ball on the horizon. On the Clarkdale Campus of Yavapai Community College, that database dream is becoming reality. In 2010, I planted one acre of Negro Amaro next to what used to be the campus racquetball courts. Just before that, YCC began to offer wine appreciation courses, which quickly filled up. Those classes were followed by the addition of viticulture courses, which also filled up. The college now offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in enology and viticulture. The head of that program is Nikki Check, mayor of Jerome and a former Merkin Vineyards employee. And in June of this year, Nikki, with the help of 200 volunteers, planted an additional four acres, with plans to expand that site to a full 28 acres. And that's just the intro.


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jhnlandstrom
jhnlandstrom

Good stuff. Thanks for the inspiration, dude.

krkindred33
krkindred33

This is very exciting news, so happy for all you happy winemakers in AZ!  Cheers!!

LizamValenzuela
LizamValenzuela

@caduceuscellars Hey homie, where's my grape check? come check me and the oxymoronyour next frontman in Mesa. You still on Mite Rd? LV

Leentoon
Leentoon

@puscifer Also, can't think of a job more rewarding or meaningful than growing your own food. You get out what you put in :)

Leentoon
Leentoon

@puscifer Brings to mind the anti intelligence mindset of people today. The smart shunned and the ignorant praised.

JTLANG2010
JTLANG2010

There goes my plan to move to AZ and become a head racquetball coach.  Thanks a lot!

MotherRosetta
MotherRosetta

If I were a bit younger I would look into it. Thanks for using your work ethic as a good influence on our youth  We need more of it.

Munook
Munook

@puscifer very tempting...

palmgrubbins
palmgrubbins

@caduceuscellars also looking to buy your wine in Wales. It's not in my local Tesco.

gypsy86331
gypsy86331

interesting timing.... just got a visit from brian... thank you and your lovely wife, you generous souls... <3

wong25
wong25

@caduceuscellars where can i get a bottle of your wine im form Mexico City

sean_mcthornton
sean_mcthornton

@puscifer usually don't respond to stuff like this, but well said.

gypsy86331
gypsy86331

when one loses the fear of the unknown, the result can be amazing accomplishments. thank you for breaking through the boundaries of what can and cannot be done in jerome, and in arizona. your foresight has given many inspiration to have hope for the future. feel free to be proud of your accomplishments. you've worked hard for them.

gcruz69az
gcruz69az

Oh by the way, are YOU hiring??

gcruz69az
gcruz69az

Well now you tell me. I have a degree in Applied Sciences. Not in this specific area but have a vast knowledge of biology, agricultural & years & years in customer service! Would love to be out in the country & able to make money at the same time, definitely worth looking into. Thanks for the knowledge.

secoras
secoras

Do you need a meteorologist?  If so,  I'm your gal.

thepot42
thepot42

This is interesting ..i used to work for a winery..loved harvest time picking ..driving the grapes down on the tractor..learning about wine ..i loved that job..i will have to look into this...

MrDuke
MrDuke

Hmmm, interesting. Now if I only gave a shit about wine.  I'm more of craft beer kind of guy. However, tell me there's a hops growing class and I'm in. 

Hans_Moleman
Hans_Moleman

Wait, the racquetball courts are going away?   Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

robert.anton.wilson
robert.anton.wilson

i know this feeling. i've started businesses and am currently trying my hand at day trading foreign currencies and equities. It's hard given the market is so MERCURIAL (wink wink) but I'm having to do similar; run backtesting routines, and forward walking analysis with a database of algorithm performance and weeding out what doesn't work. Taking leaps of intuitive faith in a market that isn't friendly to such. Made some expensive mistakes and some profitable ones. All about familiarizing oneself with unmapped territories and making a map to navigate.  The only Holy Graal is the path one treads in search of the unfindable.

ps. Freenorth: STFU.

freenorth6
freenorth6

Look, I love aenima as much as the next guy, and good for you, Mr. Keenan, on establishing an outpost for an underdeveloped art.  But what we need is world peace, the cultivation of new ideas that allow for our most nagging problems to become relics of the past.  I KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN 21 DEC!!!!  We need dialogue, we need social media, we need self-empowerment to get the message out to everybody. You are going to look at the information at www.allsevenbillionofus.com  and you are going to discuss it with as many people as you can, and you are going to be part of the greatest movement of human consciousness we've ever encountered.

jessejane462
jessejane462

Only you wake up and say, "I think I'll create some music and some jobs today."

ram2626
ram2626

@puscifer great stuff Maynard - I hope it's a bountiful season for you!

leanmean215
leanmean215

@Maynard Check out Surry Community College's Viticulture and Enology program in North Carolina... might give you some great ideas to pass along. Wine Knowledge and viticulture is on the rise exponentially here in the Yadkin Valley. I have studied wine for a few years, but am opting to go in a different route. Micro breweries followed the wine explosion in Cali. and i am predicting it will similarly follw here, so i am going to be at the head of that movement. If there is no movement, ill create one.! thanks for being a great inspiration.

caleb

trinex3
trinex3

relocation seems to be in my future.

Kelly Stark
Kelly Stark

Kenna Vollmer I have a solution to all of our problems ; ) and, I know what we should do with your place in AZ...

thepot42
thepot42

@freenorth6 have you lost a screw...nothing is going to happen ..the world is not going to end..

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