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French Vineyard Technology Arrives on Old Mission

French Vineyard Technology Arrives on Old Mission

By Lynn Geiger

An Old Mission Peninsula winery welcomed a pretty cool piece of French agricultural ingenuity to its vineyard this week.

It doesn’t have a fancy name, but this French-made “tool carrier” is a vineyard workhorse. Thanks to a specialized “arm” at the front of the machine, this multi-function carrier can be used throughout the grape growing season for a multitude of vineyard tasks.

“It’s quite unique,” says Vineyard Manager Paul Dalese. “We can attach different implements to perform different functions. We can use this machine the whole year.”

It’s definitely unique to this region’s vineyards. While Chateau Chantal has had a “harvester” for 20 years (as do a few other area wineries), that type of equipment could only harvest grapes. For other jobs, such as pruning and training new growth, workers had to attach tools to the side of a tractor – maneuverability was always a challenge. more

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Toastmasters at Horizon

7:15am Toastmasters, nonprofit group focused on improving leadership and public speaking skills, meets at Horizon Books' Shine Cafe (lower level) in downtown Traverse City. Free to attend. more

Geek Breakfast

7:45am Geek Breakfast at Bubba's, TC. A casual breakfast networking event for the tech-minded community. Details: http://geekbreakfast.org/cities/traverse-city-mi

“Climate Change in the Great Lakes Dunes”

9:00am “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Dunes”: With researcher Lukas Bell-Dereske. Philip A. Hart Visitor Center auditorium, Empire. www.nps.gov/slbe

InterActive Story Time

11:00am InterActive Story Time: Featuring "Red Red Red" by Valeri Gorbachev. There will also be activities & crafts. Great Lakes Children's Museum, TC. greatlakeskids.org

Sit-n-Stitch

1:00pm Sit-n-Stitch at InterQuilten, Interlochen. Bring your sewing, needlework, or even knitting or crocheting to work on. No cost to attend. 231-276-9100.

Northport Now!

3:00pm Northport Now! See what is going on in local agriculture businesses. With Bells of Christmas, Kilcherman’s Apples and Antiques, Cross Farms, Bare Knuckle Farm, Garthe Farms, & Motovino. Sponsored by the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce.

Live Music: North Peak

4:00pm Live Music: North Peak, TC. With Mike Moran. northpeak.net more

Live Music: Blue Tractor

4:00pm Live Music: Blue Tractor, on the deck, TC. With Matt Arnold. bluetractorcookshop.com more
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