Women Rooted in Agriculture
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When (Date/Time)May 12, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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CBT Bank and Penn State Extension are partnering to provide a day of networking and learning as a Thank You to the women in agriculture of Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon County. Women in the Agriculture industry are often the backbone of the operation. Often times they do not get the recognition they deserve for all the hard work they provide to their business and families. At this event, we would like to provide those women a chance to network with other women in the industry while learning in a relaxing environment.
We have a fun filled day of learning and networking planned for participants. We will be visiting Briar Valley Winery and Vineyard to learn about wine production. We will begin our day at the Penn State Extension Blair County Office where participants will board a bus at promptly 9:30 AM. We will then travel to the vineyard where we will learn about grape varieties, pruning, pest management, growing and harvest. The bus will then take participants to Briar Valley’s processing facility, here we will learn about the process to make wine and types of wine that can be made from grapes the farm produces. Following the processing facility, we will travel to the tasting room that is located in downtown Bedford. Here we will have a chance to taste the award winning wines. We will end our day at Hoss’s Bedford for lunch on your own before traveling back to the Penn State Extension Office to conclude our day.
A little about Briar Valley:
Having grown up in rural areas of south central PA, agricultural based business is a natural fit for both Tod and Jean. Tod was reared on a quarter horse farm in Bedford County, while Jean grew up in the midst of a dairy farm operation in Somerset County. As a child, Jean's grandfather raised concord grapes to sell locally and her father was a home winemaker.
The winery is a very special ahh moment for us. Do you remember a special ahhh moment that changed your life? For us, it happened on a much needed get away. We were escaping into the romance of wine, vineyards and a small village in a remote area that enveloped us in its charm and slower pace. We were sitting on an outdoor deck shaded by a beautiful pergola covered with blooming wisteria. The deck sat above the vineyard and all was quiet and serene. We were enjoying a crisp, Sauvignon Blanc with some crusty French bread and goat cheese. As we enjoyed the day we were lulled into reminiscing over special times in our lives and realized how those special ahhh moments were often related to wineries and vineyards. I could close my eyes and see my grandfather tending his vines and singing a little ditty while he worked. We began to talk in terms of how perhaps someday we could have a vineyard & winery. As we dreamed, we found ourselves planning how, when and where. Our vision was to plant our vineyard with wonderful vinifera grapes, start our boutique winery on a shoestring and try not to lose sight of our dreams and our mission. With us, it is all about the wine. We want the wines to be true to our dedication to bringing out the best the grape has to offer and to recreate that ahhh moment when we sit down at the end of the day. Wine, like life, is meant to be savored. We invite you to come sip our wines and create your own unique ahhh moment.
Attendees living in or around Bedford please call for transportation details. This event is free but registration is required. Space is limited, please register early. Lunch will be on your own at Hoss’s. If you are unable to register online please call Amber 814-643-1660 or Jill at 814-381-2221. All attendees must ride the provided bus unless they have made prior contact with Amber.