Conservation & Biodiversity

  • 48: Creek Restoration and Vineyards
    Nov 15, 2018
    Jean-Pierre Wolff, Owner & Vintner of Wolff Vineyards, talks about how restoring the creeks around his vineyard created steelhead trout habitat and prevented losing his land to erosion.
  • Drip Irrigation Systems: Common Problems and Fixes
    Aug 29, 2018 | Jacob Hernandez & Craig Macmillan, PhD
    In winegrowing regions with insufficient rainfall, the importance of a well-functioning irrigation system cannot be overstated. Here are some of the most common problems found with drip irrigation systems in vineyards and some practical solutions.
  • Stinkwort Control
    Aug 29, 2018 | Joe DiTomasso & Guy Kyser | Weed Control in Natural Areas of the Western United States
    Recommendations for control of stinkwort.
  • Stinkwort is rapidly expanding its range
    Aug 29, 2018 | Rachel Brownsey, G.B. Kyser & J. DiTomaso | California Agriculture
    Description of the weed stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens), its rapid spread through California, and its life cycle.
  • Stinkwort Resources
    Aug 29, 2018
    Two articles on the spread, biology, and control of stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens).
  • Decoding Sustainability in the Winegrape Industry with Ashley Poupart
    Aug 21, 2018 | Ashley Poupart
    Ashley Poupart explores why sustain practices are important to the wine and winegrape industries followed by an overview and comparison of the major sustainability certifications available to vineyards.
  • 42: Farming with Wildlife
    Aug 16, 2018
    Vineyard Manger Lucas Pope describes how he farms 281 acres of winegrapes situated on a 2,000+ ranch of undisturbed oak woodland where he and his team regularly come across deer, coyotes, mountain lion, and rattlesnakes.
  • Top Ten Podcasts
    Jul 20, 2018 | Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast
    Check out some favorite episodes Here are ten episodes of the Sustainable Winegrowing podcast you don’t want to miss.
  • 35: Integrated Pest Management in Sustainably Farmed Vineyards
    May 3, 2018
    Bart Haycraft, Vineyard Manager, Jackson Family Wines- Los Alamos describes some of the techniques he uses in his vineyards for managing vineyard pests.
  • An Important First Step in Biocontrol: Don't Kill the Good Insects
    Apr 23, 2018 | CD11 Mealybug Biocontrol Research Focus Group | Lodi Winegape Commission
    This chart shows the relative impacts on beneficial insects of 36 common insecticides.
  • Ecological Considerations of Vineyard Development
    Apr 9, 2018 | Dan Rodrigues | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC talks about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.
  • Q&A-Ecological Considerations of Vineyard Development
    Apr 9, 2018 | Dan Rodrigues | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC, takes questions about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.
  • Slides for Ecological Considerations of Vineyard Development
    Apr 9, 2018 | Dan Rodrigues | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC talks about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.
  • 33: Sustainable, Lake Friendly Farming in Michigan with WaterFire Vineyards
    Apr 4, 2018
    Growing grapes in Michigan is fraught with challenges, from sub-zero temperatures in the winter to high humidity in the summer. Chantal Lefevbre of WaterFire Vineyards talks about how she manages her vineyards in a sustainable way despite these challenges.
  • Regulatory Agency Permitting and Ecological Considerations for Vineyard Operations
    Mar 27, 2018 | Brian Dugas | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Principal Biologist, Terra Verde Environmental Consulting talks about regulatory agency reviews, permit requirements, road/culvert designs, permitting strategies, and ecological considerations for vineyard development and management at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo.
  • 31: Triple Certification at Ampelos Cellars
    Mar 1, 2018
    Peter Work - Owner, Winemaker, and Vineyard Manager of Ampelos Cellars - recounts how becoming a certified organic vineyard led to becoming Demeter® biodynamic certified and eventually Sip Certified®.
  • Introduction to Conservation Planning
    Feb 26, 2018 | Margy Lindquist | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Slides from Margy Lindquist's talk about the importance of conservation planning as part of vineyard development at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo.
  • Upper Salinas Las Tablas Resource Conservation District
    Feb 26, 2018 | Andrew Johnson | 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo
    Slides from Project Manager Andrew Johnson's talk about how the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas RCD and Resource Conservation Districts can help growers protect and improve their land during vineyard development.
  • 30: Managing the Landscape Around the Vineyard
    Feb 15, 2018
    Lino Bozzano, Vice President of Vineyard Operation at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, describes how he uses goats and sheep to protect and improve the estate.
  • Guideline for Pesticide (Hazardous Waste) Disposal
    Jan 11, 2018 | San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department
    Contacts, definitions, and processes for disposing of pesticides (hazardous waste in San Luis Obispo County.
  • Ecological Pest Management
    Dec 14, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    The annual meeting of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists took place November 29 to December 1 at the Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center in Visalia, California. Here are some highlights.
  • The Conservation Burn Technique
    Oct 27, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    The Conservation Burn Technique creates less smoke than a traditional burn and can create biochar.
  • 21: Investing in Sustainable Ag Research
    Oct 5, 2017
    Stacie Clary, Communications Manager for Western SARE discusses the program and some of its many successes from funding grower-lead projects to find sustainable solutions to agricultural problems.
  • Prey Consumption by Barn Owls
    Sep 13, 2017 | Mark Browning
    A scientific study of prey consumption by nesting barn owls over a three year period.
  • Floor Management for Soil Health
    Sep 5, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, Ph.D. | Technical article
    A fact sheet about cover crops and tillage.
  • What is Sustainable Agriculture?
    Jul 10, 2017
    Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
  • A Culture of Sustainability: Scheid Vineyards Episode 12
    May 18, 2017
    Greg Gonzalez, Director of Vineyard Operations at Scheid Vineyards, discusses the ins and outs of sustainability practices.
  • Pierce's Disease and Its Vectors: Monitor for Sharpshooters
    May 15, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    Although symptoms of the disease aren't apparent until late in the season, the vectors are on the move.
  • Conservation Planning: Protect and Enhance Your Land
    Apr 3, 2017 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    A conservation plan is a living document a landowner creates to help them manage the resource conservation issues on their property.
  • Conservation Plan Template
    Mar 28, 2017
    A template for creating your own plan to better manage the natural resources in and around your vineyard.
  • It’s Your Land, It’s Your Plan Episode 8
    Mar 16, 2017
    Conservationists Margy Lindquist with NRCS and Devon Best with RCD discuss the importance of and the process of creating a conservation plan.
  • Conservation Assistance with NRCS Episode 7
    Mar 2, 2017
    Find out how NRCS can help you conserve the resources on your property.
  • Climate Smart Ag and Healthy Soils
    Nov 15, 2016 | Jenny Lester Moffitt
    Jenny Lester Moffitt, Deputy Secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture, describes the programs and climate smart practices agriculture can use to help the state reach it's goals for greenhouse gas reductions.
  • Barn Owl Nesting Boxes
    Sep 22, 2016 | Craig Macmillan, PhD
    Barn owls play an important role in both the ecosystem and in Integrated Pest Management.
  • Resource Conservation District (RCD) Services
    Aug 23, 2016 | Vineyard Team
  • The Benefits of Cover Cropping
    Jul 1, 2006 | Malone, Julian | Wine Business Monthly