Secrets of Successfully Dry-Farming Grapes

May 16, 2017

Grape-grower Paul Bernier shows off a dark, moist and friable chunk of soil from just below the surface between vine rows.
Credit Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

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.