Virtual Tour: Family Vineyard Shrinks Carbon Footprint by 40%

Lunchtime Virtual Tour Webinar from Noon-1:00pm with Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards, Branchport, NY. This is one of a series of Sustainable Farm Energy Virtual Tour webinars for Spring 2014 by the Cornell Small Farms Program and NE SARE

Since 2007, Hunt Country Vineyards has reduced total energy costs on their vineyard by 30% and their carbon footprint by more than 40%. How have they gone about it? Art Hunt will lead us on a virtual tour of their energy efficient winery, newly insulated warehouse, geothermal heating and cooling system, and vertical wind turbine. In 2012 the Hunts launched a Locavore Room which celebrates the bounty of local foods and beverages in the Finger Lakes. The Hunts are proud to say that all food & beverage items (other than wine) they offer for sale on the farm travel an average Distance-from-Source (DfS) of just 162 miles. Art will also share a variety of ecological production techniques. For example, in 2005, the Hunt family began mixing grape pomace with animal manure and then composting the mix before applying it to the vineyard. The compost adds vital minerals and nutrients to the soil that help produce outstanding grapes for winemaking and reduce the use of other fertilizers.

The Sustainable Farm Energy: 2014 Virtual Tours webinar series is sponsored by NE SARE (Northeast Sustainable Ag Research and Education) and the Cornell Small Farms Program.  Please send inquiries tosmallfarmsprogram [at]

. To learn about funding opportunities available from NE SARE, visit To learn more about small farm resources and support, visit

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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