Wine and Farming

Erick Gonzalez

Harvest season is in full swing for vineyards in the North Bay but many winegrowers are seeing a shortage of laborers to work in their fields. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi spoke with Karissa Kruse of Sonoma County Winegrowers to find out what’s causing the labor crunch and what growers are doing to make sure no grape goes unpicked.

Secrets of Successfully Dry-Farming Grapes

May 16, 2017

For vineyards, dry farming means no irrigation, relying only on what Nature provides—with an assist from composting and other supportive measures. An experienced practitioner shared his insights at an on-site workshop Tuesday morning.

Using cover crops to add organic material to the soil is another important step in Bernier's dry-farming process.

The dry farming workshop was co-hosted by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Sonoma Resource Conservation District.

Vineyard Sustainability Campaign Showing Progress

Jul 5, 2016

Sustainability is on the rise in Sonoma County’s vineyards, and that movement is gathering attention much further afield.

    To assist local vineyards in moving toward sustainability, the Sonoma County Winegrowers organization has compiled a fat binder of best practices, many of them developed by a team at UC Davis. It’s not a series of steps that must be taken, says Executive Director Karissa Kruse; more like a menu of possible actions.

  The key factors in creating a sustainable wine business are the same all over the world, concludes a new book, and can also apply to other kinds of businesses.

Farm Workers Get New Protections from Pesticides

Oct 2, 2015
Flickr user Day Donaldson (Creative Commons)

Farm workers will soon be enjoying new protections from pesticides.

This week the federal government released new rules extending the pesticide protections enjoyed by most Americans to farm workers. But, as KRCB reports, the changes in California won’t be as drastic as elsewhere.

This Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful explores the world of Sonoma County wool, including the upcoming Second Annual Wool Festival, taking place May 16 and 17. Among the evening's special guests are the founders of Haverton Hill Creamery, producers of the country's first sheep milk, sheep milk butter and sheep milk ice cream.

It's all about local wool and sheep on Mouthful, with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB Radio 91.

Now at 6 p.m. every Sunday evening.