David Blume and Buckminster Fuller go way back. Bucky even wrote the foreword to Dave’s classic book, Alcohol Can Be a Gas! His influence has informed Dave’s work across the decades, and now the Buckminster Fuller Institute is accepting donations on behalf of Whiskey Hill Farms to help Dave continue down the path Bucky laid out.
Thirty-three videos and counting on our YouTube channel. “Farmer Dave” Blume loves teaching and farming, and it shows as he takes you through little vignettes of what’s happening in the greenhouses at Whiskey Hill Farms. You can also see some interesting videos about alcohol fuel, its history, Dave’s global vision for clean fuel, and even a look at converting cars to run on alcohol with Daryl Hannah and Ed Begley.
As part of our zero waste ethos at David Blume’s Whiskey Hill Farms & Science Center, we use two fermentation processes to produce alcohol and fertilizer. Instead of the current practice of treating most agricultural byproduct from agricultural operations as waste, this process turns this “waste” biomass into fertilizer and alcohol and reduces the waste stream going to the county landfill.
April 22, 2022. “In 2021, biotech company Blume Industries and Whiskey Hill Farms became recipients of The Farmer Rancher Grant, a major grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Western Division of Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE). “The grant aims to support farmers and ranchers who are striving for sustainability; since 2009, BI…
David Blume hosted an open house at Whiskey Hill Farms to demonstrate the no-waste local-scale alcohol distillery set-up and other regenerative agriculture technologies developed and implemented by Blume.
Farmer Dave talks about how overstory plants protect and affect canopies of plants below them in Whiskey Hill Farms’ tropical exotic fruit rainforest jungle, available for the public to visit near Santa Cruz, California.
Real wasabi flavor is like nothing else, so delicious and so good for you. Here are some ideas and recipes for incorporating fresh wasabi in your meals and snacks. Be sure to see further below for info on using wasabi leaves to expand your world. Grating wasabi root fresh for sushi is just the beginning.
Sanitizers are products we use to kill or neutralize harmful bacteria, viruses, and (in some cases) fungi from our skin and surfaces. By definition they are toxic to these microbes. Our goal is to use sanitizers to stay healthy and safe. But could it be that the cure is worse than the disease? It doesn’t have to be so, but most sanitizers on the market have harmful chemicals in them. Some are astonishingly harmful, or even deadly.
Twenty-nine appearances, so far. Check out the topics Dave talked about on this very popular show. “According to estimates by Talkers Magazine, Coast to Coast AM has a cumulative weekly audience of around 2.75 million unique listeners listening for at least five minutes, making it the most listened-to program in its time slot.”
David Blume’s classic book, Alcohol Can Be a Gas! is now available in digital format! At last, a version of the massive 8-pound tome we can afford to ship! Learn more about what makes Alcohol Can Be a Gas! a book that’s changing the world in big ways. You can read a large sample on the book’s Amazon page.
Here’s an aerial view of the Whiskey Hill Farms & Science Center, on 14 acres in Freedom, California, near Santa Cruz. The video also provides a quick look at some of our offices and our event spaces that may be available for rent. We also have some nice rooms in the main house and campsites available. Come stay with us!
In the late 1800s, getting to the “Wickedest Town in the West” was a full day’s dusty ride from Santa Cruz, California. The coastal town of Whiskey Hill was home to bars, brothels, fistfights, gunfights, and bull-versus-bear fights — until they ran out of bears and started havin’ plain old bullfights.
We love the spicy kick of wasabi with our sushi, but did you know that most wasabi served in restaurants is actually fake? That’s right, the green paste that we’ve come to associate with wasabi is usually made from a mixture of horseradish, mustard, and food coloring.
In this short video, regenerative farming expert David Blume gives us a close look at a tobacco plant he grew in the tropical forest at Whiskey Hill Farms near Santa Cruz, California. He demonstrates how hummingbirds interact with its funnel-shaped flowers — and answers the question, “Why does a tobacco plant make nicotine?” — that dangerous chemical that so many people are so addicted to.
IEA advocates for bio-ethanol use to support clean fuel cookstoves usage that will prevent exposure for women and children to toxic emissions from wood and fossil fuel-based indoor cooking and heating, help lower carbon emissions and stop deforestation.
I am often asked how I first learned about alcohol’s ability to run vehicles? I can still remember, as clear as a bell, talking about brewing beer (which was still illegal in 1974) with Doc Sweeney, one of my ecological biology professors at San Francisco State. He was infamous for telling students outrageous tall tales with a straight face just to see their reaction, or better yet, to see if he could get away with it.
By David Blume — The overwhelming consensus in the scientific community is that global warming is causing rapid climate change, and that the cause of global warming is the burning of fossil fuels (and, to a lesser degree, deforestation). When we burn fossil fuels, we are combining hydrocarbons with oxygen. The carbon part of the fuel becomes carbon dioxide, the commonly recognized greenhouse gas; but the hydro part becomes water vapor, a greenhouse gas 20 times as potent as carbon dioxide.