Rich soil and a favorable climate were the main objectives for Bob and Carol Russell. The year was 1982 and the Russells had been growing grapes in Dighton for years. Their goal, however, was to find the right combination of soil quality and climate to begin larger scale growing grapes and producing high quality sparkling wine, so they began to search across the world for the perfect place to begin. They searched in France. They searched in California. Fortunately for all of us in Southeastern Massachusetts, they didn’t have to search for long…or very far.
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I took a bit of an early summer hiatus from Vine Articles as our family celebrated the arrival of our 3rd child, Walter back in early May… and while life hasn’t quite slowed down I wanted to take a moment to share some “in-season” practical advice… if you have a topic which you would like to read about in an upcoming Vine please let me know.
Soil Testing in Late Summer
If you are anything like us, adding another item to the to-do list in August may seem absurd, but that’s what we are doing at Brix Bounty this August. Amidst the hustle of the harvest and the bountiful glory of cherry tomato season, we’ll sneak a moment to pull soil samples and send them off to the lab so that we have current information as we make important fall fertility decisions. For some growers, cash flow may limit fertility improvements beyond cover crop seed for the early fall, however if you are considering fall lime applications or adding other amendments ahead of winter cover, now is a great time to test your fields before spending money on additional inputs. While less common in our region, a number of growers have adopted a fall mineralization program to help restore Read more →
Monday, September 28th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Second Nature Farm, Norton, MA
Join us for a fun and informative workshop about growing and harvesting fall greens. Adam Tedeschi of Second Nature Farm in Norton will be offering great advice and practical tips for growing and storing great greens..
Monday, September 14th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stone Bridge Farm, 186 Leonard St, Acushnet, MA
Join us for a fun and exciting bog tour! Learn how Scott & Joanne Harding grow their delicious cranberries at Stone Bridge Farm in Acushnet. Scott will talk and give a brief history of cranberry growing, and a bit of history on the property (cranberries were at Stone Bridge pre civil war). Both water harvesting equipment and dry harvest equipment on display. There will also be antique screening equipment and some nice large harvest photos stationed around the tour of the bog.