Identifying the problem was easy. All of California knew that the state s standard grape-growing practices were dangerously unsustainable. What was revolutionary was the Lodi Winegrape Commission s approach to a solution: build a program with the goal of region-wide conversion to sustainable practices around a guidebook that speaks to farmers individual needs. The Lodi Winegrower s Workbook was published in 2000, after eight years of dedicated work by scores of specialists, from viticulture consultants to wildlife biologists. Since then the workbook has been adapted by wine industry groups nation-wide as a model for their own programs. The second edition to the Workbook is the product of the same investment of time and talent that created the first. It s tripled in size, and has 61 new sustainable issues, adding to the 105 in the first workbook. As in the first edition, the second helps growers identify areas of environmental concern on the farm, determine which of these areas they would like to improve, identify areas where improvement in wine grape quality can be made, and develop action plans to address these concerns and implement them. The Workbook is a self-assessment tool. The grower is able to chart his/her progress throughout the complex process of growing quality wine grapes sustainably. Chapters Include, Ecosystem Management, Vineyard Establishment and Replanting, Viticulture, Soil Management, Water Management , Pest Management, Human Resources Management, Shop and Yard Management, and Wine Quality and Customer Satisfaction.
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