Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project: No-till and Cover Crop Management with Grazing
Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project:
No-till and Cover Crop Management with Grazing
No-till is increasingly being recognized as a useful form of management that can result in multiple benefits, and a practice that can be part of an integrated approach to soil health. Tablas Creek Vineyard is unique among North County vineyards for their use of grazing animals as part of their organic and biodynamic program. As a participating vineyard in the Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project, Tablas Creek is serving as a demonstration site to investigate the links between soil building practices such as no-till and grazing of cover crops, and measures of soil carbon, water holding capacity, and greenhouse gas emissions.
During this demonstration field day, Tablas Creek vineyard managers will discuss their unique soil management strategy, Cal Poly researchers will discuss the preliminary findings of their field trials, and additional guest speakers will discuss approaches to soil management, as well as its implications for grape quality.
- Cristina Lazcano. Asst. Professor, Cal Poly SLO
- Jordan Lomberg, Viticulturist, Tablas Creek Vineyard
- Steve Vierra, Vineyard Manager, Derby Wine Estates
- Jenna Merrilees
- Connie Haskell