Our estate property lies on a ridgetop that feeds three different watersheds: Purrington Creek, Upper Green Valley, and Dutch Bill Creek. Conservation and sustainability are core values, not just to protect these important ecosystems, but also to nurture and preserve the vitality of the farm. To protect native wildlife and migratory pathways, more than 10% of the total acreage has been left undisturbed, and we’ve implemented the following conservation practices:
Pollinator and hedgerow plantings
Various pollinators and hedgerows were planted to provide vital pollen sources and nesting habitats for native bees and beneficial insects, as well as birds and other wildlife
Cover cropping is an important part of maintaining the health and vitality of the vineyard blocks. The grasses and legumes planted in the fall add important organic matter to the soil, while helping to sustain soil microbes and prevent topsoil loss from erosion.
Along with various human methods, goats are utilized to remove invasive, non-native plant species, making room for replanting more desired native Oak trees and perennial shrubs.
Owl boxes and raptor perches were constructed to control the gopher population, with bat and bluebird boxes added to reduce insect outbreaks. Native bee boxes help pollinate the many fruit trees, flowering perennials, and annual plants around the estate.