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Ed Boyce and Sarah O’Herron planted their first vines in 2003 after a lengthy search looking for farms with the worst soil. They succeeded, buying a 142-acre farm on Black Ankle Road in the rolling hills of Carroll County near Mt. Airy.

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The meager 1 1/2 feet of soil is 60 percent rock with a solid layer of rock below. Although this soil environment would be a nightmare for a farmer planting traditional agricultural crops, it proved perfect for Ed and Sarah’s vision of a world-class vineyard growing vinifera grapes.

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We recently met with Ed Boyce at Black Ankle Vineyards and fellow grape grower Kevin Campbell of Baltimore County’s Harmony Farms to learn how in 10 short years Black Ankle has set the quality bar for making fine wine in Maryland.

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California Winery Releases “Sea Turtle Wines” to Aid the Protection and Recovery of Endangered Sea Turtles: A portion of all proceeds benefits Florida’s Sea Turtle Conservancy Weibel Family Vineyards of Lodi, CA, and the nonprofit Sea Turtle Conservancy have joined forces to raise awareness and support for the protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles with the release of “Sea Turtle Reserve Red” and "Sea Turtle Reserve White" wines.

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The winery is offering the special-edition Sea Turtle Selections, with a portion of all proceeds being donated to Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). Based in Florida, STC is a global leader in the study and protection of sea turtles and their important nesting beaches.

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'Sea Turtle Wines' has teamed with Western Wine Merchants (Orlando, FL) and will debut in select retail wine shops and restaurant locations in Florida starting in mid- to late April.

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America.

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. At the meeting, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources also announced a new forest program which would plant 180 million trees to increase the awareness among Mexicans of the need to manage forest resources sustainably and rationally. (El Economista 3/19/13).

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Mountainous communities in the Andes have been experiencing climate change’s impacts on glaciers first hand, as melting glaciers are increasingly causing dramatic flooding events that can threaten communities.

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Aaron Lange : I like to say that we are like cousins. We are all heading in a good direction with sustainable, biodynamic, or organic wines. We all want to grow the highest quality grapes with the lowest amount of impact on the environment. We just each go about it differently. Organic farming focuses on inputs. Biodynamic is an entirely other method of farming. I tend to think of sustainability, when done well, as a broader perspective covering ecosystem habitat and health, human relations, pest management, business facilities management, and more. Of course, many wineries that are organic or biodynamic are also doing great things, and we have many things we have in common, so I hesitate to say one is better than the other. On our end, we simply follow the “rules” for sustainability.

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Fair enough. Are there truly sustainability rules and regulations for wine? In the food industry, words like “fresh” or “all-natural” mean a dozen different things depending on the producer.

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Yes, we actually came by habitat restoration very organically. My father and his twin brother bought 100 acres from their grandfather on the Mokelumne River. I grew up along that river. It was bordered by rivers and creeks, a very natural landscape that had been severely overgrazed by cattle. It was second nature to our family, we’re all avid outdoorsmen, to want to restore the habitat and native wildlife.

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Plenty has changed since 1976 when Elaine Pivinski started growing grapes on the rolling hillsides of Lower Mount Bethel Township.

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In 1981, when she opened Franklin Hill Vineyards, the Internet didn't exist. Now her son Adam promotes wine specials on Facebook. The classic rock cassettes that once provided a soundtrack for the winery's winemaking have been replaced by an iPod .

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Over the years, consumers have grown more sophisticated, graduating from Chablis to syrah. Franklin Hill went from producing four varieties to two dozen, but one thing stayed the same: Pennsylvania's state liquor stores kept an iron grip on in-state wine sales.

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