EcoVineyards goes National!
2 Days in Clare
Day 1 we held our EcoVineyards workshop at Penna Lane, facilitated as always by Dr Mary. Special guest Andrew Fairney of Seeding Natives gave a demonstration planting native grasses in the vineyard to 25 local grape growers which was impressive to watch and very well received. Thanks to Peter and Julianne Treloar for hosting us all in your beautiful and warm space.
Following the seeding demonstration we headed to Skillogalee for a project update on their new plantings, their bug highway and the future vision for the Skillogalee Estate vineyards. Thanks to KT (Kerri Thompson), Brendan Pudney, Ash and the team for sharing your project and learnings with us all.
A warm lunch prepared by the Skillogalee restaurant was delicious and a great opportunity for everyone to discuss their current and future projects.
Day 2 we welcomed over 50 secondary school Ag students and their teachers to Grosset Wines Vineyard as part of the Ag Careers Hub Initiative.
Students learnt about the EcoVineyards project and also took part in a foot bath, planted some native grasses and collected bugs from native vegetation.
Thanks to Matt from Grosset Wines for hosting our morning session and sharing his knowledge and experience as one of our fabulous EcoGrowers.
The group then moved onto Skillogalee where students heard from KT and her experience with the EcoVineyards project.
With the assistance of Dr Mary, students measured soil compaction and water filtration as well as looking through soil samples from the vineyard and much more. Dr Mary shared her vast knowledge including the importance of microbats, spiders and predatory birds in the vineyard.
The day finished up with a short panel session on our career paths and the many opportunities in viticulture and winemaking. A shout out to the Skillogalee crew (KT & Ash) for taking part as well as Ben from Taylors Wines.
Finally a huge thanks to Belinda Kay and Ag Communicators for organising such a fantastic day, and a big shout out to Urrbrae Agricultural High School for travelling all the way to Clare as well as all the local and surrounding areas students and teachers.
We hope you enjoyed it as much as us!
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