Organic Grape Growing
The organic process is one which uses no synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. Weeds are controlled by the use of sheep and goats, who also fertilize the soil as they consume weeds. Tilling the weeds under the soil is another organic method to eliminate them from vine rows. Plant diseases such as powdery mildew are controlled by using naturally harmless sulfur dust. Birds and small animals that might be tempted to eat the delicious fruit are kept at bay by falcons that are brought into the habitat to scare them away. Maintaining a certification of Organic fruit requires an increased attentiveness by the farmer, resulting in higher quality fruit than from conventionally grown grapes.

“It was the Indians’ way to pass through a country without disturbing anything; to pass and leave no trace, like a fish through water or the birds through the air.” Willa Cather