Santa Rosa Junior College: Shone Farm Vineyard
Josh Beniston and Merilark Padgett-Johnson have been partnering with the North Coast Soil Health Hub as science advisers, and to coordinate involving Shone Farm vineyard as a host for a soil health field trial and demonstration site. The field trial design will be developed over the course of 2017, with assistance from Sonoma Resource Conservation District and the project’s Science Advisory Group. As part of the Climate Beneficial Vineyard Practices Specialty Crop Block Grant, Shone Farm vineyard will also be a location for soil health and climate-beneficial practices events, and will eventually have a LandSmart Carbon Farm Plan.
- Size: 80-acre commercial vineyard, 365 acres total
- Certifications:Sustainable, 8.5 acres certified organic
- Varietals: Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot noir, Syrah,
- Sub-appellation: Russian River Valley
- Soils: Pleasonton gravelly loam 2-5% slopes
- Riparian: n/a
Below you will find narratives taken from the Shone Farm site, with general information on the Shone Farm property and vineyard. Please visit their site for a full history and more information. Read more here.
“Shone Farm is a 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory for the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Agriculture/Natural Resources Department. The farm provides students with hands-on experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. The farm is located about 12 miles from the Santa Rosa Campus, between the towns of Forestville and Windsor, in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area).
Shone Farm includes 120 acres of forest, 100 acres of pasture, 70 acres of vineyard, 12 acres for crop production, and 4 acres of olive and apple trees, one of the largest agriculture sites in the California Community Colleges system. In addition, there is open space around the farm’s perimeter that serves as wildlife habitat, as well as the farmstead, which includes various buildings and improvements. The farm’s size allows for teaching small commercial scale production techniques.
The farm also includes 70 acres of vineyard, which is professionally managed and the grapes sold to local wineries. Some of the Shone Farm grapes are crushed at the Shone Farm Winery and sold under the Shone Farm label. Varieties grown include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot noir, Merlot, and Syrah. There is also a one-acre student-managed teaching block planted with several grape and rootstock varieties from Albarinio to Zinfandel. While gaining valuable vineyard management experience, the block also provides opportunities for students to learn varietal identification. ”