Lake County Pruning School 2023–2024 Introduction Course

 

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Lake County Pruning School is an immersive training program delivered by Simonit & Sirch. Vine Master Pruner Jacopo Miolo will share knowledge about grapevine sap flow and teach innovative pruning techniques to foster grapevine health, longevity, and sustainability of the vineyard.

Four fundamental principles applicable to all grapevine training systems will be covered in depth:

  1. CONTROLLED BRANCHING – Drive the development while respecting the vine’s organic growth.
  2. VASCULAR FLOW – Separate desiccated areas of the main vascular flow and ensure continuity of the sap flow through the structure of the plant.
  3. CUTS & CROWN BUDS – Reduce the surface area of the exposed wound and lessen the risk of wood disease.
  4. PROTECTIVE SPARE WOOD – Prevent desiccation of the vine.

Overview

Lake County Pruning School comprises a theoretical introductory online lesson and three days of practical hands-on lessons in the vineyard (two days during the winter for vine pruning and one day during the spring for shoot thinning). Simonit & Sirch will contact participants via email to provide login credentials for the online course.

Eligibility Requirements

A minimum of three years of pruning experience in commercial ag production is required to attend. A handful of spaces will be made available for commercial winemakers and university-level viticulture/enology students.  If it’s determined that applicant does not meet eligibility requirements, a refund will be issued.

Details

LOCATION:
Crimson Ridge, Beckstoffer Vineyards – Red Hills, 7900 Highway 29, Kelseyville, CA 95451

TIMES:
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM for fall classes
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM for spring classes

COST:
$150 per person ($620 value).

Lunch will be provided for each class. Please bring the following supplies:

  • Pruning Shears for fall classes
  • Picking and trimming snips (example) for spring shoot thinning
  • Cut-resistant gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Appropriate clothing for activities in the vineyard (and rain gear if necessary)
COHORTWINTER DATESSPRING DATES *
1 – EnglishMonday, December 4, 2023
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Monday, May 13, 2024
2 – EnglishMonday, December 4, 2023
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Monday, May 13, 2024
3 – SpanishWednesday, December 6, 2023
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
4 – SpanishWednesday, December 6, 2023
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

* Spring dates are subject to change based on spring growing conditions.

Continuing Education credits will be applied for through DPR.

Coffee service provided by Lake County Pruning School Affiliate Sponsor

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Meetings

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    LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 3:00 pm
    LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office and Video Conference
    Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee Meeting, March 12, 2024
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