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Grow & Fortify Academy Launches Commercial Vineyard Expansion Course

Grow & Fortify Academy Launches Commercial Vineyard Expansion Course

 
HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 15, 2021) – The Washington County Department of Business Development shares the information below from Grow & Fortify Value-Added Agriculture. The Grow & Fortify Academy offers courses and certifications to support Maryland’s value-added agriculture industry.
 
Washington County Agricultural Business Specialist Leslie Hart states, “Maryland needs more commercial vineyards and Washington County is an ideal location to grow grapes. There is currently a 600 plus ton void of Maryland Grown Grapes.” 
 
The Commercial Vineyard Expansion Course is $125 for nine sessions. Click on the photo above to register for this online course.
 
COMMERCIAL VINEYARD EXPANSION COURSE LAUNCHES
 
Maryland wineries are seeking high-quality Maryland-grown fruit, but it’s in short supply. Growers have struggled to stay afloat, often unable to reach an economy of scale.
 
It’s time to expand Maryland’s viticultural base in a financially sustainable fashion.
 
Available online, this 9-lesson course by viticulturist Joyce Rigby will guide participants through the vineyard startup and expansion process from a professional perspective—and with financial modeling in mind.
 
VITICULTURE CONSULTANT JOYCE RIGBY RELEASES VINI-FI FINANCIAL OUTLOOK TOOL VIA ONLINE COURSE
 
Lessons include:
  • What the Maryland Wine Industry Wants & Needs
  • Introduction to Growing Wine Grapes
  • Site Evaluation
  • Site Design
  • Implementation
  • Canopy Management
  • Diseases
  • Equipment
  • Commercial Vineyard Business – Intro to Vini-fi Tool
 
Click on the image at the top of this release to learn more and register for this online course.
 
CERTIFICATE AVAILABLE
Those enrolling in MWA’s Commercial Vineyard Expansion (CVE) online course earn a certificate of completion.
 
The development of this program was funded by a grant from the Maryland Grape & Wine Promotion Fund through the Governor’s Commission on Maryland Wine & Grape Growing.
 
For questions about agricultural business in Washington County, please contact Leslie Hart at lhart@washco-md.net or call 240-313-2284. Visit https://www.washco-md.net/business-development/agriculture/ to learn more about the richness of agriculture in Washington County, MD.
 
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