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Agriculture, Food + Natural Resources

Our Agriculture, Food + Natural Resources courses are about the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

RCC Viticulture

“Love the hands-on aspect of learning and vineyard onsite instruction,” said a recent RCC Viticulture student.

The RCC Workforce and Community Development Center offers a non- credit certificate program in the art of cultivating grapes for the production of fine wine – VITICULTURE.

Through classroom instruction and hands-on experiences, you will learn about soil quality, choosing the right grapevines for our area, growing and harvesting grapes, controlling pests and diseases, and much more. You will spend quality time with our instructors in area vineyards learning the skills necessary to start and operate your own successful vineyard.

The Viticulture certificate can be earned in one calendar year by completing nine Saturday classes. And, because all classes in the RCC Viticulture program are repeated annually, you can start the RCC Viticulture program with any class, and take as long as you desire to complete it!

HORT 1117 — Harvesting and Basic Analysis of the Must
This class is all about taking the grapes that have been ripening all summer and starting the process of making fine wine. The student will follow the journey from harvesting the ripened grapes in the vineyard to fermentation in the wine cellar. Instructor: Hollingsworth
CL# SEC# Date Time Site Fee
57367 31WF Aug 23 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. KL + Vineyard $129
HORT 1112 — Post-Harvest Decisions and Site Selection for Spring Planting
This class will teach the student how to identify the ideal location for a wine grape vineyard, the most important and fundamental decision in the process of wine grape growing. Additionally, it will teach the fundamental elements of wine grape vineyard design and layout using the transit instrument.
Instructor: Hollingsworth
CL# SEC# Date Time Site Fee
57383 31WF Sep 27 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. KL + Vineyard $129

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