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Composting in the Vineyard

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Posted by
clos du bois1A  composting seminar in the Clos du Bois Vineyards will take place at  on July 31, 8:30-12:30, $25 and limited to 50 attendees.
Regristuration with coffee and pastries starts at 7:45, the program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch will be served after the program.  http://caff.org/news-and-events/workshops/ 

Learn the fundamentals of the compost process, monitoring, and use for soil water conservation, building soil structure, nutrient management, and carbon sequestration. Participants will learn in-depth composting theory and will be provided with tools to help trouble shoot the composting process.


This interactive
 workshop will walk growers through the compost making process, discuss challenges, theory, and benefits. Includes a presentation from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance on their sustainability handbook and a vineyard composting demonstration.

Bring your questions and your hats for the demonstration! We will be carpooling ( to the vineyard composting demonstration site.

clos du bois2Presenters include:

Will Bakx has created innovative composting systems for over 30 years. He is the co-owner of Sonoma Compost, co-founder and current board member of the California Organic Recycling Council (CORC) and the California Compost Coalition (CCC).

Tom Gore is the Viticulture Manager at Clos du Bois winery. Gore is from the Alexander Valley and has been managing vineyards since 1998. He is currently oversees about 1,400 acres on 12 different properties in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.


Jeffrey Creque is the co-found of the Marin Carbon Project, as well a director at the Carbon Cycle Institute. He is an agricultural and rangeland consultant, and brings over 30-years of experience to reach the goals of the Marin Carbon Project: to enhance carbon sequestration of rangeland, agricultural, and forest soils to address climate change concerns.

Jodi Wilson is the Project Coordinator at the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). She has been with CSWA since 2011 and assists with implementing the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program and third-party certification program. She has a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.

Kendall Lambert is the Water Program Coordinator at Community Alliance with Family Farmers. She runs an education and outreach program for winegrape growers on-farm water management topics. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy, where she focused her research on climate change impacts on irrigation demand in Sonoma County vineyards.

This event is co-sponsored by Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, Sonoma County Winegrape Growers, Sonoma Compost, Green Mountain Technologies, and Clois du Bois Winery.

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