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The hills will be green for a few more days, and the grapevines in the Russian River Valley are starting to do their spring thing. From small buds come historic vintages!

We’re rooting for the local winegrowers who are practicing the art of dry farming. Because we know we’re not going to have a lot of water this year. Maybe never… or maybe we’ll have a hundred-year-flood next winter. But for 2022, the writing is on the wall. It’s going to be a dry, dry year. Time to rethink and retool irrigation practices. Time to make sure we stay away from chemicals that get into our scant Russian River flow.

Here’s to a healthy, and sustainable 2022 crop. Cheers!



Roger Coryell
Author: Roger Coryell

Roger is the Executive Director of California Community Voices