Growing Grapes in Minnesota Vineyard Management

Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2019: $38,390.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Grant Recipient: University of Minnesota
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
Dr. Matthew Clark
University of Minnesota
This is a free self-paced online course about growing grapes in cold climates, from the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota grape and wine industry is expanding and contributes to over $80M in economic activity. Minnesota grape growers have expressed a need for more introductory and continuing education for best sustainable viticulture practices. This course seeks to meet that need. With funding and support from the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE), University of Minnesota Extension and the Grape Breeding and Enology program have developed this free, web-based curriculum that provides quality educational materials on growing cold-hardy grapes in Minnesota. Participants will gain a broad understanding of viticultural principles and how to apply that knowledge to their vineyard. Audiences: New and prospective vineyard owners and managers in cold climates, and seasoned cold climate grape growers looking to refresh their skills. Backyard grape growers are also welcome to use this course. Key facts about how grapevines grow Best management practices for growing a successful vineyard business, from planting the first vines to harvesting your grapes. How to effectively and sustainably manage weeds, insect pests, diseases and vertebrate pests using Integrated Pest Management
Course or Curriculum
Annie Klodd, University of Minnesota Extension
Matthew Clark, University of MInnesota
Laise Moreira, University of Minnesota
Lindsey Miller, University of Minnesota Extension
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.