Barbara founded Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden with her husband, Bill Steele, in 2002. Together they grow Biodynamic® fruit and vegetables at their Applegate AVA vineyard and farm, and make Cowhorn wines exclusively from the Cowhorn’s estate vineyard. Barbara also oversees marketing, sales and administration for the business. Barbara guided the completion of the world’s first Living Building Tasting Room at the Cowhorn estate. One of only a few buildings in the world to achieve the Living Building certification, the tasting room provides a public space equivalent to the Biodynamic farming method in its performance, purity and environmental inspiration.
Prior to Cowhorn, Barbara earned her MBA and enjoyed a career in public accounting helping companies build strong financial controls and operations. Her last finance-related position was CFO for Academy Studios, a leading designer/fabricator of exhibits for museums, zoos and aquariums. After Academy Studios, Barbara spent several years working with organic farms in California where she developed her vision for a model agricultural business that supports the earth and enriches the local community.
For leisure, Barbara enjoys time with Bill, her home and garden, crafting and the local community. As well, there is never enough time for enjoying the great outdoors with Coco, her newest puppy!