By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief
This email crossed my virtual desk yesterday afternoon and I wanted to post it for NYCR readers, particularly those in the Finger Lakes, to see.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED SATURDAY MAY 1st TO HELP RAY EMERY
A work bee has been scheduled for Saturday, May 1st at Emery Vineyards in Pulteney, New York to trim and tie about 35 acres of vines. Owner and vineyardist, Ray Emery, has a serious medical condition that leaves him unable to work this spring. A few weeks ago, about 150 area grape growers, winemakers, friends, family and strangers turned out from as far away as Watertown to help. Together, they completed the trellising, and trimmed and tied over half of Emery's vines. The goal for this Saturday's bee is to finish up the spring vineyard work and assure that Emery has a crop in the fall.
Steve Marchionda of Penn Yan is one of the organizers of this Saturday's work bee. He calculates, "If 50 people turn out this Saturday at Ray's farm, and each person does two rows, the trimming and tying will be finished." He added, "No experience is necessary. Just bring pruning shears (and gloves). We'll show you everything you need to know."Most volunteers will meet at the barn at 8:00 am for assignments and training. If you cannot arrive until later, come when you can and just ask for help getting started. A rain date is set for Sunday, May 2nd.
If you can be there to help on Saturday, please email Steve Marchionda at email@example.com.
For those who cannot make it, please consider sponsoring a laborer for completing two rows? If this works for you, contact Steve and he can give you the details.