Appellation Cornell [November 2012]:
For students in Sustainability and Organic Grape and Wine Production, collaboration is the key to success. Since the spring of 2011, students in the course have been working together to implement an organic vineyard at the Cornell Orchards. Recently, they reached a milestone when the block of 500 grapevines was certified organic by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.
“Organic viticulture is growing quickly in the United States, but it’s really taken off in Europe,” said Justine Vanden Heuvel, associate professor of viticulture and co-instructor of Sustainability and Organic Grape and Wine Production. “The organic vineyard and the course are really helping our graduates to go out into the world with real experience with these practices, including our intern Molly Smith ’12, who did the paperwork for organic certification as an independent study project in 2011.”