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El Dorado County Wine Grape Growers Present a Zoom Meeting on Soil Sustainability for Healthy Plants and Clean Air, December 2


PLACERVILLE, CA: All grape growers, vintners and interested parties are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 2, at 6:30pm, for a Zoom discussion on soil, soil sustainability and carbon farming for El Dorado County grape growers. Our guest speaker will be Fred Hunt recently of the El Dorado and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts (RCD). Fred was the RCD’s Soil Technician/Ag Specialist for 11 years and has recently retired.

Sustainability, sustainable, what is it? What does this mean for vineyards and how does this apply to cultural practices? Carbon farming improves the ability of a plant o take carbon dioxide out of the air and put it into the soil where it releases oxygen and becomes fertilizer. Healthier plants allow for increased carbon dioxide sequestration. The discussion will be about soil practices for healthier plants and cleaner air.

Join the scheduled Zoom meeting for a better understanding of what this means to growers. Hear the good news about current cultural practices in El Dorado County and how to improve carbon farming practices. Bring your questions for Fred.

There is no cost to participate but registration is required to get the Zoom meeting login. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qde-hqTopHtfqwMmNW_gAXMCVbj2niiLK. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Same day registration is available depending upon space.

About Fred Hunt

Fred Hunt was an “Ag Specialist” with the Resource Conservation District (RCD) for the past 11 years. He retired from this position on October 1. Prior to returning to El Dorado County in 2007, Fred worked in the Central Valley for 33 years working in the fruit industry growing or selling citrus, table grapes and tree fruit. Fred and his family continue to raise livestock and horses in El Dorado County. He is available for consulting on resource issues, tree fruit selection and maintenance, and livestock. You may contact Fred at (559) 696-1373 or [email protected]

The RCDs are special districts which represent Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs to county residents. The NRCS is a branch of the USDA. For more about the Resource Conservation District’s history and contact, go to: https://eldoradorcd.org/about-us/. Contact the El Dorado and Georgetown Divide RCD’s Mark Egbert, District Manager, at  [email protected] or (530) 303-5328; cell phone: 530-957-3472.

For more information about the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association, contact Karen Thomas at [email protected] or call 707-853-3025 and leave a message.

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