El Dorado County Wine Growers Present Focus on Soil Sustainability for Healthy Plants and Clean Air, December 2

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PLACERVILLE, California: All grape growers, winemakers and interested parties are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m., for a Focus on Soils, Soil Sustainability and Carbon Cultivation discussion for El Dorado County winemakers. Our guest speaker will be Fred Hunt recently from the Resource Conservation Districts of El Dorado and Georgetown Divide (RCD). Fred was RCD’s Soil Technician / Agriculture Specialist for 11 years and recently retired.

Durability, durability, what is it? What does this mean for vineyards and how does it apply to cultural practices? Growing carbon improves a plant’s ability to extract carbon dioxide from the air and put it into the soil where it releases oxygen and becomes a fertilizer. Healthier plants allow for increased sequestration of carbon dioxide. The discussion will focus on soil practices for healthier plants and cleaner air.

Join the scheduled Zoom meeting to better understand what this means for producers. 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 charge to participate, but registration is required to get the Zoom meeting connection. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting / register / tZ0qde-hqTopHtfqwMmNW_gAXMCVbj2niiLK. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about whether to join the meeting. Same-day registration is possible depending on the space.

About Fred Hunt

Fred Hunt was an “agricultural specialist” with the Resource Conservation District (RCD) for the past 11 years. He retired from this post on October 1. Before returning to El Dorado County in 2007, Fred worked in the Central Valley for 33 years in the fruit industry, growing or selling citrus, table grapes and fruit trees. Fred and his family continue to raise cattle and horses in El Dorado County. He is available for advice on resource matters, selection and maintenance of fruit trees and breeding. You can contact Fred at (559) 696-1373 or [email protected]

RCDs are special districts that represent the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for county residents. The NRCS is a branch of the USDA. To learn more about the history and contacts of the Resource Conservation District, please visit: https://eldoradorcd.org/about-we/. Contact Mark Egbert, District Director of RCD El Dorado and Georgetown Divide, at [email protected] or (530) 303-5328; cell phone: 530-957-3472.

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

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