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Water Conservation Field Day changed to Aug. 12

FYI,

The time and day for this week’s Water Conservation Field Day has changed from August 13th to August 12th from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The location is the same:  Hoot Owl Creek and Alexander Valley Vineyards at 8595 Highway 128, which is just north of Alexander Valley School near Healdsburg. PLEASE RSVP TODAY TO info@sonomawinegrape.org

As a service to the agricultural community during this time of drought, the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA), in conjunction with the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission, Sonoma County Farm Bureau and the United Winegrowers of Sonoma County, is hosting vineyard water conservation field days in the Alexander Valley.

The field day will feature a demonstration project funded by SCWA that has been installed at Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards / Alexander Valley Vineyards.  Alternative irrigation practices, soil and plant moisture measurement techniques, low-volume vineyard cooling, rooting and wetting patterns will be showcased in a manner to allow for open discussion. Demonstration manager and viticulture consultant, Mark Greenspan will be on-site to discuss the projects and address any specific questions you might have.

Following the field demonstration, Arturo Carvajal, NRCS Water Management Engineer, will discuss distribution uniformity. Valerie Sherron, Sotoyome RCD will discuss water conservation cost sharing programs available to growers. Presentations will be followed by lunch sponsored by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance with grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Service, and by Sotoyome RCD. Alexander Valley Vineyards will be the wine sponsor for the events.

–Larry