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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dry Farming: Boosting the Bottom Line

Dry Farming: Boosting the Bottom Line

Community Alliance with Family Farmers, a nonprofit 501 (C) organization,  is sponsoring a dry farming workshop as one option for using less water, at Will Bucklin's Old Hill Ranch on July 28th. We have still have seats available.

Spend the morning of July 28th, 8:30am to 11:30am learning the history, techniques and tools of dryfarming grapes in Sonoma County.

Join Will Bucklin in his 158 year old vineyard, Bucklin Old Hill ranch, with 26 varieties of grapes along with Joe Votek of Loma del Sol on Sonoma Mountain. Dave Runsten, CAFF’s policy director, will introduce the Ag Water Stewardship Initiative resource Center. Topics to include: tillage, cover crops, water use, root stock, composting and more.

Bring your questions and comfortable shoes for an informative day in the fields. Space is limited, please RSVP by July 26th to:

Refreshments served. $20 per person/$10 for CAFF members. Directions will be sent with confirmation.

Will’s Old hill ranch was the first vineyard in Glenn Ellen (1856). Their first vintage in 1866 put California and zinfandel on the map. He will be joined by Joe Votek to discuss hillside dry farm techniques. Both growers have lost little in tonnage, using these cost effective practices. This is not the only solution to our current water problems, but it will give you alternatives to turning on the tap.

Reservations: Janus

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