There is more than one way to ostracize a ground squirrel

One advantage of planting a vineyard out in the sticks (and on a mountain) is that nature helps manage it.  The trees provide habitat for beneficial birds and bugs, including this red-shouldered hawk who generously posed for a picture in Michael’s Vineyard yesterday afternoon.

When I pulled into the vineyard, the hawk flew gracefully from the pole we installed for him, and sat on the grapevine to get a better view.  He was scouting for ground squirrels and other rodents that damage the vineyard.  He solves our rodent problem so we don’t have to use man-made solutions.

This week, other volunteer crew in the vineyard include the sheep mowing the grass, and the turkeys cleaning up harmful bugs. Come by the ranch some time to watch the show!               

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Christian Ahlmann

2 thoughts on “There is more than one way to ostracize a ground squirrel

Peter Mitchell lynch October 28, 2016 at 12:15 am

Hello, I am enjoying your newsletter.
I am Mitch a coffee roaster, looking to move into your area next year. My wife and I lived in San Francisco for 20 years, moved to her home in ne Ohio after 911, to roast coffee and fresh pastries in an 1858 bank.
We will be looking to move back and would love to talk. May I send you some fresh roasted coffee?
mitch

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    Else Ahlmann October 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Peter, coffee roasting in Lake County sounds like a plan we can get excited about! We appreciate all matter of fine beverage, not just wine =) If you shoot me an email at christian@SixSigmaRanch.com, I would be happy to hear more about your plan, and offer any local DTC business insight I can. – Christian.

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