Still Waters Vineyards focuses its wine growing techniques on sustainable practices. We are proud to be a SIP Certified Vineyard using best management practices in all decisions that are made in the winery and vineyard. As a SIP Certified Vineyard, we are committed to quality in both the fruit production and also the quality care of our employees. We strive to take a whole farm approach, meaning our goal is sustainability of the worker, soil fertility, cover crops, wildlife, native plants, air quality, water quality and conservation, and pest management.
Our goal is to uphold the 3 E’s of sustainability
Here are a few of our sustainable efforts at Still Waters Vineyards:
- The use of cover crops to provide erosion control and supplemental nutrients to the soil.
- Owl and bat boxes surround the vineyard. The owl boxes encourage the habitation of natural predators to help with pest management.
- We have a sustainable vegetable garden for our employees and guests to enjoy. Provides nutrients and bio matter to the soil while enriching the lives of those that enjoy the vegetables.
- We have about 20 hens on the property which roam throughout the vineyard providing natural fertilizer to the property and also fresh eggs for employees and guests.
- Water Management – we carefully track and monitor the amount of water used. Using a complex set of computerized moisture probes, we water only the exact amount the vines need.
- All waste from the winery including barrels and pumice is reused or repurposed back into the ground.
- By hand harvesting our vineyard, there is less soil compaction leading to less erosion.
- We have a beautiful pond with recirculating water providing fresh water to many local and migratory birds.
- New starting in July 2013 for completion in September 2013, Still Waters Vineyards will be Solar Powered. Our new solar panels will provide 100% of the energy needed for the winery and tasting room and 85% of the vineyard needs.