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Fish-Friendly Farming

Doc’s Ranch Vineyard was recently certified under the California Land Stewardship Institute’s Fish-Friendly Farming® program.  This innovative program was developed in 1999 for farmers and vineyard owners to help restore precious habitat for steelhead trout and salmon populations in California waterways.  The Chinook salmon and steelhead trout in northern and central California rivers are listed […]

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Grapegrowing and Water Usage

California supplies almost half of all fruits, veggies, and nuts consumed in the U.S.  And we’re facing the driest year on record.  The farms in our state use about 80 percent of all managed water, which is water that is moved around from one place to another.  But when it comes to water usage, our crops […]

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Why we use Cover Crops

Cover crops are annuals planted in between vine rows for a variety of reasons. We use them to protect the soil from erosion, provide a habitat for beneficial insects, and to improve soil fertility and structure. Cover crops are extremely helpful in building up the soil’s ecology by adding back “green manure” when they are […]

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The Soil Food Web: Fungi, Bacteria, Worms and Bugs

Healthy soils are literally teeming with life. Mycorrhizal fungi establish symbiotic relatiobnships with plant roots, producing fungal threads called “hyphae” that form an interconnecting network into the soil – looking for sugars and complex molecules in return for nourishing the vine. These fungi also provide the substrate for bacteria which grow around the hyphae, taking […]

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