Grape Opportunities

April 4, 2012

rainbow_over_cornell_trial_vines_willsboronyThe growing season is coming on fast, and with it have appeared a number of opportunities for folks who are interested in learning about, and participating in the expansion of wine grape plantings in our cool part of the country.
Short descriptions are below, but more information is available on the respective dates, at the VT Wine Media Event Calendar.

This Saturday April 7th, there will be a hands-on pruning seminar hosted at Hid-in-Pines Vineyard, Morrisonville, NY, and supported by the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Northeast NY Commercial Fruit program:

Richard Lamoy of Hid-in-Pines Vineyard, and Kevin Iungerman of Cornell University Extension’s Northeast NY Fruit Program, will co-host an afternoon of pruning instruction over four different training systems: a Top Wire Cordon approach (TWC); Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP); a Modified Geneva Double Curtain (Mod GDC); and the Scott-Henry system. We plan to give you a bit of hands-on coaching during this pruning workshop so please plan to bring a pair of pruning shears when you come. We will cover the why and how of pruning so you understand what is being done. The session will be a very unique opportunity for North Country viticulture enthusiasts. Richard’s exploration of training system-cropping relationships has been aided by a supportive 2012 NE SARE grower grant that follows earlier SARE funding that helped establish this special Training Systems trial at Hid-In-Pines in 2009

Beginning Wednesday May 23, and continuing weekly through July 11, Terence Bradshaw is offering a course at the University of Vermont, which will cover many aspects of Cold Climate Viticulture.

Students will learn principles and practices of commercial cold-climate grape production, including: site selection and preparation; varietal selection; vine training; nutrient, water and pest management; harvest; and introductory winemaking considerations. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental and economic sustainability of the vineyard operation. The class will apply knowledge of integrated horticultural and pest management practices in a real vineyard setting. The class format will consist of a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on fieldwork, and visits to local commercial vineyards.

Class enrollment is limited to 20 students.

For further information, please see:
http://learn.uvm.edu/courselistsummer/course.php?term=201206&crn=60916

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Also NOTE:

The Cornell Cooperative Extension is advertising a part time seasonal technician position at the Cold Hardy Trial Vineyard in Willsboro, NY on the western shore of Lake Champlain.  This position will provide a unique opportunity to be immersed in the process of northern wine growing, as well as offer the chance to network with other players in the North Country.
For details about the position, and a link to the application form, please visit my post on the topic at the New York Cork Report.

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