The Erie County Conservation District announces an exciting educational opportunity for local vineyard owners.
The PA VinES (Vested in Environmental Sustainability) program assists local growers in vineyard management and conservation. PA VinES is a voluntary program available to Pennsylvania grape growers in the Lake Erie Watershed that promotes sustainable viticulture practices through a grower self-assessment workbook.
The workbook looks at the economic and environmental impacts of grape production on each operation and serves as an educational resource for the grower. After completing the workbook, the participant is eligible to apply for available state Growing Greener grant funds to install best management practices on their operation, such as cover cropping, diversions, and stabilized access roads.
The goal of the program is to reduce the environmental impacts of the approximately 11,000 acres of vineyards in the region by limiting the amount of sediments and excess nitrogen and phosphorus that enter our waterways.
To help vineyard owners attain and complete their PA VinES workbooks, the Erie County Conservation District will be holding a PA VinES workbook session and pesticide re-certification credit meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at the District office – 1927 Wager Road, Erie PA 16509.
The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will receive two category and two core pesticide re-certification credits from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for attending. Topics for the meeting include: soil & erosion, nutrition, and vineyard management; weed and integrated pest management; pesticide management; funding & installing best management practices on your vineyard.
Lunch will be provided and there will be no fee for this meeting.
Those interested in the meeting are encouraged to contact the District office with any questions and send in their RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (814) 825-6403 by Friday, Feb. 21.