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June 2012
Working with Nature in New York
Growing vinifera is difficult in the Finger Lakes, but results can be quite pleasing, especially with suitable varieties.
by Mark Greenspan
My late father, who was not an agricultural expert, told me once as I embarked on my viticulture career that agriculture is about fighting nature. Clearly, he was not a biodynamic practitioner, but his casual observation was not far off the mark. Traditional agriculture, where monocultures of non-native species are grown in areas they aren’t supposed to grow in, is truly a constant battle against what would not actually occur in nature. Organic agriculture softens the blow on Mother Eart...
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