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An unlikely vineyard

Did you know there is a vineyard in Barnard, Vt.? Caleb Barber and Deirdre Heekin, proprietors of osteria pane e salute in Woodstock, Vt., planted their vineyard at their home in 2007. 2011 heralded their first vintage from Vermont grapes grown near Lake Champlain as well as their own orchard’s champagne-method ciders and aperitivi.

Vineyard book cover  If you’re interested in food, farms and wine, you might like their third book: An Unlikely Vineyard. It is a narrative of their farm and vineyard and its evolution from overgrown fields to efforts at creating a fertile, productive, beckoning landscape that melds with its natural environment. The book also charts how to think about almost every aspect of gardening and how all parts of the farm relate to each other: from composting to trellising; from cider and perry making to old garden roses; from pruning (or not) to dealing naturally with pests and diseases.

You can pre-order at your local book store or through local publisher Chelsea Green.

 

 

 

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