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Tales from the Shale - Vineyard Journal May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 -- BIO-SPRAY / VINEYARD SAUCE
Written by Autumn Stoscheck (Instagram: @myvineyardyear)

First bio spray of the year at Forge Cellars. I call it Vineyard Sauce because it smells like Thai fish sauce. While the winemaker's fermentations are done in beautiful French oak barrique, the vigneron's fermentation is taking place in recycled plastic barrel. After 4 weeks in the cellar, my brew of Effective Microbes is ready to spray on the vines. These microbes have been selected for their ability to contribute to plant and soil health. Sort of like a probiotic for the vineyard. Also in the mix, organic fermented fish from a family farm in North Carolina. This contains essential fatty acids which the microbes need, as well as nutrients for the vines. Farms rarely post pictures of spraying on their social media...consumers might be shocked at the behind the scenes look at chemical agriculture. But I am posting this picture because my bio spray is a joyful occasion. As a mom, I love cooking healthy food for my children with high quality ingredients. As a farmer, I feel like I am doing the same thing for my plant children. As a caretaker of this vineyard, I get to be there when the sun rises over the Hector backbone on this glorious day in early May!

Adding Drain Tile to Our Home Farm

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In the coming weeks, our home farm will welcome another addition of Riesling and Pinot Noir vines. This past weekend, Rick and James spent their time installing drain tiles throughout the vineyard where the next phase of planting will occur.  By "tiling" or adding drain tiles, any excess subsurface water from the rising of the water table will be redirected through the pipe/drain system and moved away from the vineyard.  It's a necessary undertaking in a region such as the Finger Lakes, which experiences somewhat significant rainfall in various years. 

During the dig, we unearthed quite a bit of shale and blue clay - a combination that will make Pinot Noir especially happy.  

-KR