Hank and Caroline Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm have throughout the past decade been moving toward doing nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. But their inspiration comes from Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer-philopher whose ideas were translated as “do-nothing farming.”
Hank thinks either the phrase was badly translated or Fukuoka had a wicked sense of humor. What it means to him is not doing anything unnecessary; basically working with rather than against nature in the vineyard to produce grapes, and beyond that, simply crushing the grapes to make the wine.
They are located at 2,600 feet in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills and have 10 acres (4 hectares). They grow winegrapes, raise goats, and also share their space with numerous dogs, cats, bees, chickens, birds, gophers, flowers and herbs.