Snake River AVA Vineyard Technician Program
Inspiring future generations to have a deeper understanding of science, agriculture, and the use of sustainable practices
The Snake River AVA Vineyard Technician Program was developed out of the need to provide data to winemakers on a regular basis. By doing this, it provides a very clear picture as the vines and grapes progress through the growing seasons. The project decided to partner with the local high school agriculture department to get kids from the local area introduced to the technical aspects of the vineyard and learning skills which would expand their agriculture experience. Sophie wants to be a part of inspiring future generations to have a deeper understanding of science, agriculture, and the use of sustainable practices. She wants to help educate and mentor kids who wouldn’t get introduced into certain ways and techniques in order to farm more sustainably or learn how to use certain tools.
Implementation of Project
Sophie was able to get many students and partners excited about the program. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Snake River AVA Vineyard Technician Program was unable to meet with students in person. However through their social media accounts, the project has been able to keep students interested in the program by posting fun and interactive articles and podcasts as well as updates on Emerald Slope Vineyards.
Results of Project
The program is still continuing and on track to start meeting with students later this summer. In the end Sophie put many hours into the project through researching content for their social media accounts and content for the program once it is able to begin. Currently, Sophie has many partners willing to help her out with the program, but she is still trying to find enough students to be successful.
In the future Sophie hopes to add 4-6 more schools into the program. She would like the program to last for a while, and hopefully pass it onto an agricultural program at one of the local high schools. Sophie wants the program to turn into an internship at surrounding vineyards, so that the kids can use their newly gained skills. She hopes to continue her education in viticulture and this program is allowing her to teach interested students about something she is passionate about.