vineyards

Falcon Kites a New Tool to Protect Vineyards

Jun 12, 2017

Falcons are a proven deterrent to the birds than can raid and damage ripening grapes.  Now a North Bay innovator with a background in bird management  is promoting a look-alike kite to do the same job.

Roger Snow of Falcon Crop Management, the new company he has formed to promote the Falcon Fright Kites, believes they are a far more effective --and economical--deterrent than any of the commonly used alternatives that are currently available.

Runoff and the Russian River

Jan 28, 2016
Sonoma County Water Agency

  Industry and agriculture both contribute to the degradation of water quality in California’s waterways. But the even greater source of pollutants—some 60 million tons each year--is us. But with an assist from Mother Nature. 

Vineyard Water Conservation

May 20, 2015

  By using drip irrigation systems sparingly, vineyards can improve their crop while also saving water, a group of local growers were told yesterday. They were at a Vineyard Irrigation Efficiency workshop held at the Benzinger Winery in Glen Ellen Wednesday morning.

Vineyard Frost Protection Rules to Kick in

Nov 24, 2014
Sonoma County Farm Bureau

  Winegrape growers are facing new regulations governing diversions of water from the Russian River and its tributaries for late season frost protection.  But some say that state and county bureaucracies stand in the way of a better response to the problem. The issue was the subject of an Agricultural Water Use Workshop in Cloverdale yesterday. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson was there.

New Mountaintop AVA Builds Community

Jun 19, 2014
Examiner.com

High altitude isolation defines the newest grape-growing appellation in the North Bay, which has also forged a sense of community among those who live and work there.

Find out more about the history and farmers in the Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak area at the AVA's website.