Good Fruit Grower

May 15

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at: L earn more about Winerywise RHINO TURBO SERIES ROTARY CUTTERS As chair of the broad-based Winerywise steering com- mittee, Andersen helped lead the volunteer effort that began in 2007. The committee represented wineries, wine grape growers, researchers, and educators, and was sup- ported by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, Washington Wine Commission, Washington Wine Technical Group, Washington State University, and Walla Walla Community College. Grants from the Wash- ington State Department of Agriculture and Department of Labor and Industries received in 2010 helped complete the project and fund development of the online format. The online, interactive guide focuses on sustainable business and winery management topics and provides wineries with tools to evaluate their business and process practices, compare their practices to industry standards of sustainability, and plan and implement sustainable management strategies. Andersen noted that by using the guide, wineries will not only learn more about the value of sustainability, but will be equipped to make changes and improve their practices. Winerywise does not include a third-party audit or certification component. But for those wineries seeking recognized certification, it provides guidance for the programs available. Program details The guide is a three-step series of checklists, self- evaluation and assessment forms, and action plans, covering the following topics: • Energy efficiencies • Water management • Waste management • Staffing, safety, and human resources • Material handling • Preferred purchasing • Community outreach • Site development • Education and research After completing the self-evaluation forms, a score of the winery's baseline of sustainability is given. Items in the assessment are categorized as mandatory, basic, bet- ter, and best. Scores of the industry average are given in a side-by-side comparison of the individual winery. Wineries in Practice An important component of the Winerywise program under development is WIPs (Wineries in Practice), a list of wineries that are willing to serve as educational resources for a specific topic. Andersen explained that the WIPs are wineries that may have already completed a major upgrade or improvement, such as an energy efficiency upgrade, waste water treatment, or glass reduction project, and are willing to help others. Or, she said, they may just be starting to improve the sustainability of their practices and are willing to share their journey. "WIPs can be anywhere along the learning curve line of sustainability, from already going through the program to just starting," she said, adding that the idea is to give wineries more confidence in completing action plans by giving them names and contacts of where to go for help. Winerywise was designed to be a companion program to Vinewise, the online Washington Guide to Sustainable Viticulture that debuted in 2006. • Your Krymsk 5 & 6 Headquarters! ® 100 Years at Newcastle, Ca 800-675-6075 GOOD FRUIT GROWER MAY 15, 2012 47 TURBO 96 •Turbo962-PT •Domedeck •8-ft.cutting width •Adjustableoffset w/cyl. • Cutting height 1.5 to 12" w/cyl • Bladeoverlap 4" • Divider box center: 120 HP; outboard: 110HP • Blade tip speed 17,004 FPM •Cutting capacity2.5" • Sideskirt.25" x10" YAKIMA IMPLEMENT & IRRIGATION 1922 S. First Street • Yakima, Washington 509-452-5867 • 1-800-572-2239 100 YEARS Because we offer the QUALITY you expect and deserve! Order NOW! BEST Selection BEST Price! 2013

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