Estate Gardens

Quivira's organic and Biodynamic estate gardens include 120 raised beds overflowing with ripe, organic produce. Planted and tended by farm manager Jim Barausky, the gardens are an important component in developing this unique property into a self- sustaining wine estate similar to those found in Europe.

The garden and its surrounding buildings, like the prep tower and chicken coop, serve a vital function as part of the educational experience we offer our visitors. Our guests can learn about Biodynamic practices first-hand, by seeing what we do with composting and how we make the Biodynamic preparations that ensure the health and vitality of our soils.

Self Guided Garden Brochure

Meet the People: Farm Manager Jim Barausky

Jim lives and breathes organic and Biodynamic farming. In fact, he has spent some 35 years immersed in it, most recently in Longmont, CO. What drew Jim to this school of agriculture is that it is as much about philosophy as it is about technique. Jim, who was schooled in Biodynamics at Emerson College in England, is also a staunch advocate of community-supported agriculture. "I have a never ending enthusiasm for farming and community building," says Jim. "I believe that it is the solution that we are seeking for the renewal of our local economies and our cultural life."

 

 

With its expansive Biodynamic garden area, roaming farm animals and verdant vineyards, Quivira Vineyards and Winery has evolved into something more like an Italian agritourismo or Provencal country maison than a traditional winery. Similar to many European estates, Quivira recently bottled its own estate olive oil and estate honey, now available to visitors in its tasting room. The tasting room also offers an array of fruit preserves, most made from fruit harvested from trees that dot the property, including a prolific 135-year-old Black Mission fig tree.

When Quivira owners Pete and Terri Kight purchased the winery from its founders in the spring of 2006, it was with the goal of creating a truly balanced estate. Quivira had long been known for a strong tradition of environmental stewardship and the Kights' vision was to move the winery to an even greater level of sustainability.

"When we purchased this winery, we saw the potential not only to produce world-class wines, but to create a truly unique and vibrant vineyard farm," notes Pete Kight. "We want Quivira to embody, as completely as possible, the sustainable and Biodynamic farming principles we espouse."

Quivira broke ground in 2008 on a Biodynamic and organic garden designed to supply local markets with fresh produce as well as educate winery visitors on farming and viticultural practices. In addition to a colorful maze of raised vegetable beds, the garden area includes a Biodynamic prep tower, a small pond, a greenhouse, a bee hive and a chicken coop. Due to its proximity to the winery and tasting room, the garden area offers visitors the chance to witness up close the unique elements, including some unusual techniques that go into Biodynamic farming.

 

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