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Viticulture briefs

Add pruning 101 to the curriculum options at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The college’s Shone Farm is partnering with Bahco, a subsidiary of Snap-On, Inc., to provide students with certification training in professional pruning and lopping tools.

Bahco will provide training programs and certify instructors, who will teach the specialized three-day courses on using pruning and lopping tools.

“You need to start learning how to use these tools as a student, even if you want to be a vineyard manager in the future,” said Leonard Diggs, manager of Shone Farm.

Frank Chong, president of SRJC, and executives from U.S. and European operations of Snap-On and Bahco, will jointly announce the launch of the partnership at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the farm.

Jacobs on museum board

The California Wine Museum in Santa Rosa has a new face on its board of directors.

Carin Jacobs, director of the Osher LifeLong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University, is joining the museum board.

Lindsay Austin, board president, said Jacobs “brings broad experience in curation of education and public programming” at a number of museums, including SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum of California.

Jacobs said her focus will be on engaging multiple audiences through experiential learning and offering a new space “for the creation of social and cultural capital in wine country.”

The California Wine Museum focuses on preserving and exhibiting the state’s wine heritage.

Pruning championship

The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation and the Sonoma County Winegrowers will hold the 15th annual Sonoma County Regional Pruning Contests and County Pruning Championship on Friday at SRJC Shone Farm beginning at 8:30 a.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Shone Farm is located at 6225 Eastside Road, Forestville.

Regional AVAs will run heats to determine the top two winners to represent each AVA.

These winners go on to the championship the same day. Cash prizes and gifts are awarded to the winners.

For additional information, contact Karen at karen@sonomawinegrape.org or 522-5862.

(Compiled by Derek Moore. Submit items to derek.moore@pressdemocrat.com.)

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