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WHAT WE DO

Jewel of the Blue Ridge Consulting offers consultation, design, client education and installation services for sustainable organic mountain viticulture.  Owners Chuck & Jeannie Blethen have 20 years of experience with selecting, propagating, growing, harvesting and processing organic grapes.   Jewel of the Blue Ridge Consulting was conceived as a leading edge service to help landowners respond to the need to provide a sustainable crop far into the future by building a long-term heritage farm crop of grapes. Proper grape selection provides the opportunity to grow grapes for many markets including wine production, table grapes, raisins, jams/jellies/preserves, juice, and provides a source of special herbal extract from grape seeds and skins.

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WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE VITICULTURE?

Sustainable viticulture is the cultivation of grapevines using sustainable farming methods including the techniques described as natural farming, organic farming and/or bio-dynamic farming. The end result is providing a heritage crop that will produce for 50 years or more once the vineyard has been established.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Conventional viticulture as practiced by most of the United States utilizes toxic chemicals to grow grapes. Most vineyard managers spray their grapes from 15 to 24 times a season to keep the grapes alive long enough to harvest a crop. The pesticides, herbicides and fungicides used in these practices are harmful to the environment. The residual chemicals in the grapes and value-added products are not healthy for consumers.

Jewel of the Blue Ridge Consulting is a founding member of the Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute

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