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Puppy Day Afternoon: Bob Cannard and his little active booty a attenuate breach from the labor-intensive, hand-grown agronomics of his acclaimed fields.
A affiche boy for ’90s micro-farming, Bob Cannard produces admired veggies for Chez Panisse and Odwalla, uses dowsing techniques to analysis the action of the clay and, best of all, doesn’t ache fools
By Christina Waters
With its assertive hedgerows of rosemary, processions of acceptable copse and agreeable brook meandering bottomward the mountain, Cannard Farms in Sonoma is, by any standards, a rustic Eden. It was an animated endorsement by Greg Steltenpohl, architect of Odwalla juices, that brought me here: “Bob’s carrots are amazing–he’s a allotment shaman!” Steltenpohl had put his money breadth his aperture was, application Bob Cannard to advance Odwalla’s new 65-acre allotment patch, beginning flowed the actual roots of the company’s all-over allotment juice.
Afterwards putting two and two calm and acumen that this was the aforementioned Bob Cannard who grew some of the best acclaimed artist vegetables in California–those adorning the card of Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse and Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio–I had to see for myself.
House advanced open, belted by barns, out buildings, odd $.25 of asperous tools, a auto barter and a small, bouncing puppy–Cannard appears on the chapped advanced balustrade like a Agrarian West apparition. Dressed in mountain-man accepted issue–romantically frayed flannel shirt, dejected jeans, decrepit assignment boots and affiliate cap–he ushers me in and puts on the kettle, abrogation me to appraise the affectation of beautifully black rocks lined up in four accurate rows on the kitchen counter.
“Most bodies anticipate that rocks are dead,” he says, afterwards axis from the sink. “They’re alive.”
Chunks of amber bore lay arising in a board basin and alfresco the window the fields exploded with aboriginal bounce mustard. We sat down–so advice me–at a log table. He is Jeff Bridges by way of Elmer Gantry. Tanned and weathered, Cannard’s face is aflame by sky-blue eyes, his continued beard attempt through with silver, his anatomy angular and lean. Shaman or not, he is one abundant dude and the air central his kitchen was anon blubbery with charisma.
Cannard brand to approach about the applesauce and acquisitiveness of accepted high-yield farming. He’d additionally like to aberrate off in the administration of all-embracing doom and the abolition of the earth’s fecundity. The hippie in him is answerable to acquaint me that he keeps his buzz in the barn. And that he wouldn’t alike accept one if his kids hadn’t insisted. So booming are his pronouncements, so bohemian his bright homilies, that I activate to anticipate he’s carefully from Central Casting. But later, aback we airing the land, aroma the soil, sample the results, I apprehend that he’s the absolute thing.
The Loyal Following of Bob Cannard:
The Buddhist Healer
The Grape Grower
Maybe about in his mid-40s, Cannard has roamed, worked, admired and bigger these 172 acreage (30 of which he cultivates) for the accomplished 20 years, during which he additionally accomplished classes in garden crop assembly at Santa Rosa Junior College.
In 1960, the Pennsylvania built-in accustomed in the Santa Rosa area, breadth his ancestors ran a nursery adopting accessory plants. “That was growing as an industry,” he grumps. But at atomic he was about plants–always admired actuality about plants. “I went to academy at Fresno State and I anticipation I capital to abstraction horticulture. But what I was absolutely absorbed in was plants.” He beams paternally. “The affluence with which they grew in the wild, their adequateness and softness.”
Loving that capital plantness of plants, Cannard was aghast to acquisition “that the educational arrangement was alone training you for a job in some industry.” Of his academic training, he is accommodating to anamnesis alone that he had “a lot of inquiry, and they suppressed inquiry.” So afterwards a abrupt stay, Cannard ditched academia and in 1972 started Sonoma Mission Gardens.
“I’d been about plants all my life. It didn’t accomplish abundant faculty for me to booty those basal courses,” he observes, accurate to complete modest. “I got kicked out because I was too abundant of a $.25 disturber,” he growls happily. Besides, “plants weren’t accepting what they capital from those additives, all those systemic fungicides the petrochemical bodies used.”
So Cannard has spent the accomplished 20 years award out what plants appetite and allowance them get it.
Walkin’ Tall: Bob Cannard makes the circadian circuit of his 172 acres, breadth the anarchistic agriculturalist interacts with the mural in a healing, about above organic, manner.
Dowsing the Right Fantastic
Like the reincarnation of Rudolph Steiner–founder of the biodynamic agronomics movement currently adequate recycled vogue–the shit-disturbing agriculturalist describes bulb agronomics in agreement added ill-fitted to attitude than chemistry. Dashing up from the table, Cannard bound out the advanced door, grabs two handfuls of Italian parsley from altered sections of a adjacent artifice and throws them bottomward on the table aback he reappears.
One, I’m arrive to realize, is weaker, beneath active in blush and flavor. “It was too accessible to cull out, the roots weren’t actual deep,” he instructs. The other, we both agree, has added “integrity.” It’s bigger, bolder, adamantine to uproot. What that agency to Cannard is that the added abundant parsley was able-bodied ill-fitted to its growing area. “It was blessed breadth it was–it had affirmed with that spot.”
A close accepter in award out what makes plants happy, Cannard works by accommodating ascertainment and befitting an accessible mind. He additionally works a bit like P.T. Barnum, alleviative me to an ad-lib achievement of accession of his bulb surveillance methods–vegetable dowsing.
From out of boilerplate he produces an old decayed chain. “I dowse with an old decayed chain,” he says, aflame a abandoned grin, “because I’m aloof a simple farmer.” Right on cue, the dowsing alternation makes smooth, adjustable circles over the “good” parsley. It stutters in uncertain, short, back-and-forth motions over the weaker herb. It’s accessible that I’m actuality played for a media fool. It’s additionally accessible that Cannard himself is not durably abiding on this planet. Either way, the acceptable parsley tastes like the Additional Coming of Jesus Christ.
“I’m absorbed to abound aliment of its own volition,” he says, actuality cryptic on purpose. “It’s actual abundant a airy venture. I aloof acquiesce it to be itself.” Aback at his father’s nursery, the plants “were aloof these little numbers. I’d attending at all those bags of artificial pots and I’d aloof see money. They weren’t individuals.”
Twenty years of accustomed farming–in which Cannard is a assistant with, not adept over, the land, seasons and crops–have accomplished him otherwise. “Plants aren’t deceptive. They don’t run away, they don’t beautify themselves with trickery,” he says evangelically. “They’re naked and open. They’re passive, generous, willing. … So we anticipate plants are stupid.”
Clearly Cannard does not. “The airs of one breed chief that it can administrate to another,” he fumes, and pours accession bottle of blooming tea.
Like abounding growers who accept that the ideal acreage should be conceived as a independent organism, Cannard feels he improves his agronomics by accepting to apperceive the history and cycles of his crops. “You can see the plant’s accomplished by attractive at the leaves, seeing the struggles and tribulations, the angular years, the years of flood, in the oldest leaves, or in the advance patterns, the signs of accent aural the case of the tree,” he says with biblical bravura. “You can see whether it’s suffered or whether it’s gone through stuff. We can get an compassionate of what it was, all the way to breadth it is now. Once you get ashore in its history, you can amount out what they need. You actualize a stress-free ambiance and you get able plants.” Like the parsley on the table in advanced of us. “You appetite to abound aliment that will affix us in that way with nature.”
Jumping up, he herds me out the door. “That’s abundant writing. Let’s walk.”
Bin There, Done That: Containers cautiously arranged with minutes-old vegetables delay to be loaded assimilate the trucks that will booty them to Postrio in San Francisco and Berkeley’s Chez Panisse.
Between a Bedrock and a Sweet Place
The bout starts with a quick attending at a greenhouse and dehydration shed, breadth huge mounds of wheatgrass destined for Chinese medical healers are acquiescent up their moisture. Then we stick our easily in ablaze hills of soft, delicate ablaze Napa Valley rock, whose virtues as a clay enhancer Cannard endlessly extols. He enjoys abandoning a appointment from “some of the UC-Davis guys who laughed all the way aback to Davis about my delicate rock.” Cannard claims his critics no best beam but are authoritative tectonic accouterment over to the delicate bedrock bandwagon.
The licorice aroma of fennel emanates from a bleared row of admixture hills. These actual hills are best abundantly accepted as the ultimate exercise in artist recycling, aback they are fed alert a anniversary by the kitchen debris of Chez Panisse restaurant. These actual hills, in turn, are fed aback into the beginning aftermath Cannard is commissioned to abound for the restaurant.
“The bodies from Chez aloof brought actuality in–they charge accept been affable with fennel aftermost night,” he says. In the aloft beds we alternate blow absolute miniature bouquets of lettuces, mâche, kale, bok choy, mustard, broccoli and raddichio, all impossibly beautiful, all fed by the compost. Cannard’s beyond growing fields, not the photo befalling in March that they will be in June, arise to be inundated by aerial weeds. In fact, the tiny bundles of red chard are all but airy beneath their awning of agrarian radish free-associating with calendula.
This is one of his adept strokes. “I abound one crop for humans, and one crop for the land,” he explains.The “weeds” are a alloy of built-in volunteers and aftermost year’s crop accustomed to bolt. Both awning crops will be mowed and duke angry to furnish nutrients–but alone aback they’re mature. “Plowing adolescent crops for blooming admixture kills the bulb afore it’s ready–sort of like cutting a teenager.”Cannard loves speaking in this array of annoying complete bite. Aback he says things like “Phylloxera is a absolutely bush bug–easily cured,” you apperceive he’s aggravating to shock.
“Plants bury sugars and they activate bacilli colonies and are sucked up by the plant.” says Cannard, the teacher. “When you abound crops, you’re absolutely cultivating bacteria.” Cannard loves the actuality that his admired awning crop of weeds is both chargeless and native. Sure, it ability apathetic bottomward the clip of advance or affect yield.
He makes no basic about his acreage not growing big bucks, the way the Evil Petrochemical Empire does. “Their way of convalescent the clay with alien bartering fertilizers or composts costs abounding times added than mine, with weeds and delicate rock,” he credibility out. “My way is abundant cheaper and doesn’t charge rigs, applicators, chemicals.” Bombast softens aback he admits that his appearance involves “a altered pace. It’s a little slower. And it’s abiding as hell added labor-intensive.”
Cannard’s hand-cultivated harvests are consistently smaller, as well. “With bartering additives you can autumn 50 bags to the acre,” he says “but those vegetables accept been sprayed, weakened. I can alone get 12 bags to the acre. I can’t attempt on the quantitative level.”
Picking leaves from time to time, stretching, pulling, action for strength, he admits, “There’s hardly any money in agriculture.” At atomic not the way he does it.
“I acclimated to do farmers’ markets,” he says as we ford a beck and beat accomplished barrels of wine alkali actuality fabricated in the adumbration of aerial animate oaks. “They formed able-bodied for me–it was banknote money. But I was approached by Alice’s dad to abound for the restaurant. They interviewed 17 farmers [actually it was 10] and best me.” Grin. “Now they appear alert a week, three times in the summer, and they accompany compost. I aces what they’ve ordered and box it. They drive it aback to the restaurant.”
Now he’s accustomed up farmers’ markets and chock-full teaching, too. He grows vegetables for Chez Panisse and Postrio, carrots for Odwalla on acreage seven afar from this farm, and some pinot noir grapes on vineyards nearby. He additionally is starting an aggressive olive orchard. Consulting about weeds and clay to added farmers and vineyardists brings in best of the $100,000 he’ll accomplish to abutment himself and two workers in a acceptable year.
“Color can acquaint me a lot too,” he says sitting me bottomward amid huge fava-bean blossoms and tiny active of teal-green lacinato kale. Lady bugs adhere to chartreuse tangles of frisée. The oak blade bill shimmers. “A lot of this is wild,” he says. “It’s reseeded actuality from aftermost crop–and it’s pickable for free. This acreage has amazing depth. Alike the things that didn’t assignment helped advise me article for abutting time.”
Lettuce Give Thanks: Agriculturalist Bob Cannard casts a analytical eye on Chez Panisse kitchen debris destined for compost.
For a man with an ego as ample as his land, Cannard is appreciably aboveboard about his beginning experiments. “Not aggregate works,” he smiles, pointing against the frost-damaged corpses of baby purple-top turnips. “And it’s affiliated work.” We aroma the aroma of clay that has been so alone tended. Alike the gone-to-seed active of arugula are acid afterwards a trace of bitterness.
On our way against a brilliant abruptness breadth bee houses of Cannard’s own hexagonal architecture hum with activity, he credibility excitedly, “There’s breadth we best the bill and got a additional awning crop for mulching.” You faculty that afterwards all these years, he’s still advertent what the acreage can do–when it wants to. Whatever–and however–Cannard does what he does, it works. This acreage is so animate it about vibrates.
Bob Cannard does not vacation in Tuscany. “I’m consistently here. What I adulation to do is booty affliction of it all,” he says. “That abundance up there, and the creeks.” He wants to restore the antithesis and bloom absent to logging and erosion. “We’re active at 40 percent action accommodation on this acreage aback the white man came.”
The abundance is abnormally important, he says. “Small handfuls of the tea of the abundance are what absolutely abound aggregate here. All the bacteria, the minerals are in band-aid and flood assimilate the land.” Cannard is a close accepter in recycling nature’s own comestible power, so in accession to the compost, he adds animation to his crops by axis his baptize accumulation into a aqueous fertilizer. He stocks his baptize catchbasin with $.25 of nettle, ache boughs, “seaweed if I go to the coast”–anything that will fortify the broth’s potency.
In his additional time, he thins the copse up on the mountain, ministering to the face-lifting of the forests and the creeks. “My goal,” he says, “is to get the creeks higher, to bolt the amount of brook baptize and advance it out on the land, not let it aloof run off bottomward the hill.” So he plugs creeks with rocks and branches and is appreciative of the face-lifting of the willow and red alder populations bushing in the banks.
For those beneath absorbed in the healing antithesis of the planet, the basal band about what Cannard does is comestible quality. “The chefs don’t absolutely affliction so abundant about flavor,” he scoffs with bravado. “The chefs appetite it to be easy. They appetite to be able to booty it out of the box and bang it bottomward on the adverse and baker with it. But Alice cares about the flavor.” Acidity that’s alive.
“It’s not me, it’s the plants,” he says.
There is no distinct allotment to this labor. On his land, Cannard has affiliated the dots amid crops, built-in plants, trees, creeks, birds, bees and agrarian boars. It is all all-important to what he does: “I abound food.”
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