The Dodon Vineyards in Anne Arundel is pioneering agriculture methods that store carbon in the soil, exceeding what little carbon the operation produces.
As climate change intensifies, agriculture practices will need to adjust to meet our new reality. One such operation in Anne Arundel County, Dodon Vineyards, is doing just that. For over a decade, Dondon has been pioneering techniques to reduce carbon output and store more carbon in the soil than it produces. The vineyard has been able to reduce its herbicide and pesticide use dramatically and only relies on fossil fuels for farm equipment and glass bottle production.
Part of the vineyard’s success is related to its conversion to solar energy, which provides all of its electricity. Another key driver in reducing carbon emissions has been the focus on soil health and nutrients. Instead of relying on gas or electric mowers, Dodon has employed flocks of sheep that keep the grass trimmed and whose manure helps keep the broader ecosystem more healthy and vibrant.
According to WTOP:
“We’re net carbon negative by 200 to 250 tons of carbon dioxide every year,” said Croghan. “That translates into a bottle of wine that is seven kilograms net carbon negative for each bottle that we produce.”
On average, a typical bottle of wine from another maker is responsible for 1.29 kilogram of carbon emitted into the atmosphere…