Director of Organic & Biodynamic Vineyards
Joseph Brinkley, who holds a degree in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University, was working for the Federal Reserve in Richmond, Virginia when he realized he would rather get his hands dirty than work in an office. He went back to school, the second time attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture in 2003.
Following graduation, Joseph worked with a number of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms while complementing his education with workshops at Virginia’s Josephine Porter Institute, an internationally acclaimed educational facility that advances education and research in Biodynamics. “I was enjoying learning the details of farming land, including best practices for compost and soil management—and gaining insight to anything that contributed to the overall health of the farm,” Joseph remarks.
Today, Joseph’s contributions and expertise, including his extensive knowledge of Biodynamic preparations, contribute to ongoing excellence at Bonterra.
Q&A With Joseph:
1. If you could only have one food for the rest of your life….what would it be?
2. Desert Island Album?
Talking Blues – BMW
3. The Dreadlocks: You must have some good stories….will you share one?
I was visiting some good friends in VA, and their daughter (probably 4 or 5 at the time) was checking out my dreads and said (in her cute VA accent), “You look like you’ve got a bunch of cockleburs in your hair!”
4. Favorite cocktail? Do you have a recipe or secret ingredient?
I love a good Old Fashioned – with good bourbon and a citrus twist.