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In The Vineyard

Sustainable wine growing philosophy

Hopeful Unity Farm & Vineyard, is manned by an avid horticulturist, who like most growers, is cultivating grapes using mostly sustainable practices. This means that only the essential spraying is used in the vineyard and the grass and weeds get to grow wild between the rows of vines. This vineyard therefore looks different than the more traditional ones with clean rows. Hopeful Unity Farm and Vineyard works with Jennie Schmidt from Schmidt Vineyard Management Company. To learn more about the sustainable wine growing philosophy contact Kate Mcgraw from Hopeful Unity at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Prepping for the Winter Months: Spraying

Continued spraying after grape harvest and into the dormant season is crucial for the health of your grapevines and avoiding the development of spore masses (Botrytis Bunch Rot) into the spring blooming season.

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Rooting during Spring Planting

Harry Hepbron, Dove Valley Vineyard & Winery talks about his tips for rooting your vines...starting with a 34 ft. root stock...see below:

Education in the Vineyard

Learn about growing grapes by gaining experience in the vineyard;
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Growing Organic

Dolly Baker's White House Farm is a USDA certified organic farm. In 2004, the farm planted short rows of 5 varieties, 4 from American hybrids known for disease resistance and 1 old world variety “Merlot” to determine which would grow and produce better in Eastern Shore conditions. Despite despite high disease pressure, White House Farm harvested its first organic grape crop fall 2009. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about her organic grape growing experience.

Timely Vineyard Managment

Timely Viticulture Dr. Joseph A. Fiola, Regional Specialist – Viticulture & Small Fruit/University of Maryland Cooperative Extension
Timely Viticulture” is designed to give those in the grape industry a timely reminder of things they should be considering in the vineyard or when establishing a planting.