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Grant Project Excerpt: Celebrating Experimental Block 1.


Executive Summary - Organic Viticulture 


By following two pertinent business models based in California, the grant seekers believe they can open organic viticulture to the state's southern coast. Through this project, the grant seekers intend to study and develop innovations in organic farming on the land. The grant seekers intend to develop viticulture within a new region in the state, also developing a second crop utilizing olive trees as border. Success will extend the business model to include ecotourism opportunities. By the project’s Year Five, the grant seekers intend to create additional exporting benefits for the state, focusing on the marketability of Pinot noir wines and olive oil to the Hong Kong marketplace.1


There is opportunity to develop a new industry and determine viability of organic grape vines along the coast by mimicking two existing vineyard concepts in like climate and environment with outstanding Pinot noir results. One in particular demonstrates substantial similarities in rainfall, elevation and temperature.  Details of these models follow in the narrative (see Project Methods section).

Project focus will be to demonstrate, test, evaluate and verify environmental soil and plant effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability in the field.

The CIG categories on which the project will intensely focus will include the following:

Project Year One

·       1.iii Water Quality Subcategory

o   Technology or methods to determine the proper crops and sequence of crops to maximize the nutrient cycling of crop nutrients on organic farming operations

o   Innovative approaches to management, application and/or treatment of manure

·       1v. Plant Health/Vigor Subcategory - Crop Lands

o   Development of production techniques and marketing for alternative crops with multiple conservation benefits

o   Methods that identify crops and cropping sequences that specifically suppress or minimize targeted pests and their life cycles on organic farming operations


Project Years Two & Three

·       vi. Wildlife Habitat Subcategory

·       Demonstration of Beneficial Insect Habitat for Pest Control – technology to determine the amount (acres) of habitat required to provide adequate pest control via organic means, matching plant species to attract desirable beneficial insect species, and managing habitat to provide pest control during the cropping season

Project Scope/Start & End Dates:  October 2014 – September 2017

Project Evaluation

Project focus will be to demonstrate, test, evaluate and verify environmental soil and plant effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability in the field.

·       Results of soil nutrition tests

·       Best practices and processes for efficiency by acre – labor perspective (ROI time spent in field by job)

·       Affordability of organic vineyard model in this climate

·       Grape production quantity and quality

·       Olive trees as border crop for vines, experimenting with minimization of undesirable pests and attraction of beneficial insects; soil nutrients exchange; erosion prevention; equating to viability and veracity conclusions for vine growth outcomes in this climate

·       Results of experimentation with non-traditional manure type on vine development and growth characteristics/timeline (vines with and vines without)

·       Determination of best organic cover and border crops for this climate

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