A Vintner’s Lesson

The little girl saw her grandpa standing on the balcony and ran up to him. “Papa what are you looking at?” the little girl asked.

Hands that had seen many years of work reached down and picked up the little girl. “My darling angel, I’m looking at yours and mine future. Do you see it out there?”

Laughing the little girl responded “But Papa our future is not out there. That is just grass and vines.”

“No my darling it is so much more. Those vines are what produce the best tasting wine in the states. And that grass there helps those vines, by helping the soil to remain fertile for the New Year.” The old man explained. He looked out over the balcony and the rolling hills of green grass and lush vines that moved with the gentle blow of the wind, as if the waves of the ocean gently caressed them. Looking down at the little girl he smiled because he knew that one day she would understand the importance of the land and how to care for it.

Agriculture production of all types is a very essential way of life. Weather it is producing food, wine, wildlife enhancements, or conservation. Agriculture is and will always be a way of life for the world. In order for agriculture to succeed we must be stewards of the land. As the old man knew that one day the little girl would understand the importance of the land and how to care for it, we all must become familiar with it.

In the Texas panhandle the past couple of years have been tough on the agricultural community because of the recent droughts. Sales Professional Pat Pearson understands this and that is why she chose Buffalograss as her favorite native plant. The reasons below are why Buffalograss is her favorite.

  • Buffalograss is a native, warm-season stoloniferous perennial. It is a short growing grass that requires little maintenance.
  • Buffalograss is true to its drought consistent nature. Pat has customers tell her that well water applications were significantly reduced by planting Buffalograss in their yard.
  • It is an important factor in the shortgrass prairies for range grazing by both wildlife and livestock.
  • Buffalograss is not only used for rangelands, but for landscaping as well because of its short plant height and low maintenance.
  • In landscaping having grasses that will remain greener longer with less care is important. And Buffalograss is the grass to go with since varieties like Topgun were bred to stay greener longer than other grass.

Let us look to the future of agriculture and the generations to come after us. Continue to learn to be better stewards of the land in all ways possible. Let us be the grandfather of the little girl and know that it is up to us to ensure that future generations learn the importance of the land and how to care for it. Wendell Berry once said “…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of if, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”

For more information on Buffalograss visit http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_boda2.pdf

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[avatar user=”admin” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]by Gretchen Adams, M.S.[/avatar]

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