Organic farming is the practice of not applying any inorganic material to the plants or soil. As a consumer, we focus on the benefits of consuming organic products. But there are equally important benefits to the plants, the soil, and the farmers themselves.
Each year since 2003, when Youngberg Hill started farming organically, we have seen the grape vines become healthier. The canopy is easier to manage, the vines maintain through the season better, they respond better to pruning and cropping, and they resist pests and mildew more vigorously. Organic farming allows the vines to do what they naturally know to do. They do not stress as much (except in a natural way during ripening, which is when they need to stress a little.) As a result, the fruit that is produced is richer, more flavorful, and of a higher quality. That higher quality includes a higher nutritional value.
As part of our overarching desire to farm responsibly and reduce our carbon footprint here at Youngberg Hill, we consider our organic fertilization and soil replenishment an opportunity to reduce our impact on nature. And Beauty is pretty proud of her role as well!
The next time you come and visit us, be sure to stop and visit the cows, and become a part of the organic cycle that is Youngberg Hill.