Apricity Vineyard is a small scale family farm. Our passion is to promote sustainability and diversity in the farm ecosystem. We understand that farming based on the principles and practices of sustainability is not only the best way to produce a crop, but the best for the vineyard and environment also. This is the basis of ecological agriculture and the model by which we farm. We do not use synthetic chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides of any kind to grow our grapes.
One of the most important things we can do is encourage natures cover crop process. A natural feature of the vineyard, due to being planted in a hay field, is the diversity of previously planted and volunteer grasses, clovers, and wild flowers that grow throughout the vineyard rows. The grape vines are simply another part of this ecosystem and work in conjunction with cover crop systems, not against them. These grasses provide a natural alleyway floor management plan for much of the year and are allowed to reseed naturally. They provide the soil biology with carbon and nitrogen as they break down, and help choke out noxious weeds. They also provide a habitat for beneficial insects. We think cover crops are a farmers best friend and we don't have to do very much to maintain them.
Instead of spraying the weeds along the vine rows, we cultivate the soil. In-row cultivation is accomplished using a finger weeder, which loosens the soil, while it aerates and weeds. Mechanical row crop cultivation eliminates the need for chemical herbicides and allows us to efficiently maintain the vine rows. For more information on the finger weeder we use, please visit the K.U.L.T Kress website for their many products and uses. Also, be sure to check out the Apricity Vineyard blog for more information from our hosted K.U.L.T Kress demo day.
Foliar nutrition is another important component to a healthy and productive farming plan. Instead of using synthetic chemical pesticides or fungicides, we feed the foliage with nutrients designed to promote induced activated resistance (IAR), which is the best way for a farmer to simulate the vines natural protective response against pest and fungal invasion called systemic acquired resistance (SAR). In addition to foliar nutrition, we incorporate best management practices including trimming, thinning, and trellis caning to maintain proper ventilation through the vineyard.
Soil fertility is the final component and one of the most important dynamics we can influence in the vineyard. In addition to natural cover cropping, we nurture the soil based on its needs utilizing a macro and micro mineral and trace and ultra trace element amendment plan, which is designed to promote microbiology, organic matter, biodiversity, and root health. The rows are fertilized with nutrient dense organically sourced compost mixed with mineral amendments. Compost is spread using the vineyard row mulcher. It is our continued goal to implement the best possible nutritional and performance plan for the vineyard.
We are committed to providing the best possible sustainably produced grapes. We are confident that our grapes and ultimately, wine, reflect our passion for farming and the health of the vineyard. Be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram and visit the Apricity Vineyard blog for all up to date information on the vineyard crop fertility and farming program.
Apricity Vineyard is a certified sustainable farm by Certified Naturally Grown. To learn more about what this means for our grapes to your glass, please visit their website here, and be sure to check out our farm profile page here. You can also learn more about why we chose to partner with and support this grassroots initiative by reading our blog.