Water conservation is at the forefront of our effort to farm in an environmentally sensitive manner. Thanks to a generous gift from Fish Friendly Farming, we added another important tool to our water efficiency arsenal: a soil moisture sensor.
Our journey to understanding what being a sustainable Sonoma County vineyard means continued this week as we participated in Sustainability Self-Assessment Workshops offered by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).
The Sonoma County Winegrowers recently announced their intention to make Sonoma County the first 100 percent sustainable wine region in the United States within five years.
While growers around the Russian River Valley have been greeting each other with, “Pray for rain,” for a while, the drought is now becoming a concern for all Californians. With the drought obvious every time we look out a window – we have almost no cover crop and very little green growth in our yard to help with soil retention – Gantz Family Vineyards has been doing what we can to conserve water. Here are some tips that have worked for us and might work for you, too:
We haven’t had significant rainfall for the last two years, and we’re looking at a possible third year. The scary word – drought – is sneaking into local conversations.