Vinifera Extension Team and Presentations From Meeting in Dobson, NC

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Dear Grape Community,

Last week on Monday, August 6, 2018, we had our first education and Extension team-building effort at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC. We had an education part in the morning with Wayne Mitchem (NCSU), Tremain Hatch (VT), Sarah Bowman (SCC), Sara Spayd (NCSU), Hannah Burrack (NCSU) and Stephan Sommer (ASU) educating over a broad spectrum of issues in grape growing and winemaking.

The presentations can be found at the end of this post.

In the afternoon, an extension team building effort took place.


More than 70 people have attended, most of whom stayed for both, the education part and the team building part. With the help of everyone, we have identified critical areas of improvement based on commodity industry needs.

We also could identify a core team of Extension personnel for the grape industry in the Western part of the state. We have an Extension team of 7 agents and specialists from NCSU and SCC. Extension Team members are:

  • Joanna Radford (Surry Co.)
  • Amy-Lynn Albertson (Rowan Co.)
  • Karen Blaedow (Henderson Co.)
  • MaryMorgan Arrington (Wilkes Co.)
  • Craig Mauney (Area Wide Specialist, Mountain Research Station, Mills River)
  • Sarah Bowman (Surry Community College)
  • Mark Hoffmann (NCSU Specialist)

The team will meet again between Thanksgiving and New Years to discuss the priority and realization of established extension goals. Interested growers and stakeholders are invited to join. Date and time of the meeting will be made public on this forum.


Tunnel Creek Vineyards, Roxboro NC

Thank you also for the donations for the free lunch. We collected ca. $75 and donated this money to the viticulture program at Surry Community College.


Please find attached the presentations of the educational sessions (pdf format)


Vineyard Establishment_Hatch




I want to thank everyone again for attending and helping.

Special thanks to Patricia Friszolowski from the NC Winegrowers Association, Sarah Bowman from Surry Community College and D&F Catering in East Bend, NC.

As always,

I hope that helps