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Goodness Grapeness! Student-Run Vineyard is Certified Organic

By Craig Cramer

Eric Shatt, left, Cornell Orchards farm manager, and summer intern Joe Young ‘14 adjust bird netting to protect fruit in the organic vineyard.
Photo: Craig Cramer

Eric Shatt, left, Cornell Orchards farm manager, and summer intern Joe Young ‘14 adjust bird netting to protect fruit in the organic vineyard.

 

A student-run vineyard at the Cornell Orchards is now certified organic by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, LLC. The planting of about 500 grapevines – enough to produce over 200 cases of wine – is used in the course Sustainable and Organic Grape and Wine Production taught by assistant professor of viticulture Justine Vanden Heuvel and food science lecturer Kathy Arnink.

“To our knowledge, we are the only university in the country with a student-run organic vineyard. Organic viticulture is growing quickly in the U.S., but it’s really taken off in Europe, so this will help our graduates gain firsthand experience with these practices.” –Justine Vanden Heuvel


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