CSU Extension Hosts Free Grape Vineyard Establishment Workshop

Michelle Wallace, Central State Extension Educator

Special to The Truth

Designed for beginning farmers, Central State University Extension (CSUE) is partnering with the Agriculture Incubator Foundation (AIF) Farm in Grape Vineyard Establishment to host a free training on how to establish a grape vineyard at 10 a.m. on June 26, at the AIF Farm located at 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, OH, 43402.

In addition to learning about different cultivars of grapes that grow well in Northwest Ohio, participants will also learn how to install the posts and anchor the end row, how to space the vines, and how to install the wires.

Michelle Wallace, CSUE agriculture and natural resources educator, will lead the workshop and share her expertise.  “Learning to construct a grape trellis can help beginning farmers save money rather than outsourcing services,” Wallace says.  “Northwest Ohio has favorable conditions for growing grapes and growing them (grapes) can help diversify produce options for small farms.”  According to Wallace a single vine once established can produce around 20 pounds of fruit each year for 20 years.

The Grape Vineyard Establishment Workshop is free and open to the public. Register at https://forms.office.com/r/3vebhTbMhb  For more information about the Grape Vineyard workshop contact Wallace at mwallace@CentralState.edu.

AIF’s mission is to develop a partnership of northwest Ohio agribusiness representatives, researchers and educators committed to establishing programs that will stimulate interest in and respect for agriculture as a mainstay in the area economy. Central State University Extension Central State University Extension engages diverse communities and transforming lives through community-based outreach and educational programs.  For more information about any CSUE program across Ohio, visit www.centralstate.edu.

Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University with a 133-year tradition of preparing students from diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research and service. The University, which has been named HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, fosters academic excellence within a nurturing environment and provides a strong liberal arts foundation and STEM-Ag curriculum leading to professional careers and advanced studies globally.

Central State University Land-Grant programs are sponsored in part by funding from the USDA-NIFA.