One of the things that struck me when I first heard Michelle Miller, "the farm babe" speak was that agriculture is inclusive and takes all different farms. It hit me in that while we may know "our own type" of farming pretty well, we might not always get the chance to be exposed to the breadth of what agriculture can look like. After listening to her speak I now try to find agriculture everywhere I go. I write about it, because I think it helps us all to expand our definition of agriculture. Ag impacts us all, wether you are living in a city and looking for ways to expose your kids to agriculture, wanting to know about how your food is produced, or just looking to expand your knowledge of agriculture. Hopefully these expanded definitions of agriculture help to build what Michelle talked about as inclusive agriculture.
I will fully admit that vineyard tours as a form of agriculture was not hard to convince me to do. Chile is a global hot spot for wine production, which has become increasingly important to the overall agriculture industry. The tours I have signed up for will be discussing the impact of soil testing in selecting the right grapes for each wine and irrigation practices. I am hoping that it will also include tasting some of their delicious wines.
If you are curious about the wineries I’ll be going to their websites are below. Maybe buy a bottle from each and you can have your own Chilean tasting at home! I will write a summary of what I learn about their soil testing & irrigation practices. It might just be a great way to introduce some of your friends to a discussion on soil sampling or irrigation on your farm at wine night!
Tip: If you use Google Chrome it will offer to translate the pages for you
- Emiliana - http://www.emiliana.cl/
- Casa del Bosque - http://www.casasdelbosque.cl/en/
- Indomita - http://www.indomita.cl/en/
- Viña Mar - http://www.vinamar.cl/en/nuestra-vina/vinedos-y-bodegas/
- Undurraga - http://www.undurraga.cl/home