35. The Vines are Growing (It Worked!)
These last three months have been some of the most difficult and most exciting times yet at Alta Marfa. Thanks to the hard work of our more than 50 super-human friends and family who came out to help us plant vines in April, I can happily report that the VINES ARE GROWING!!!! So far we see a success rate of about 93% which is excellent!
Two notable anecdotes:
The week before our first weekend of planting I had been in contact daily with the nursery in California and with the freight company that had been contracted to transport our vines from California to Alta Marfa. The vines were picked up in California on Monday and began their journey. On Wednesday I was informed that the vines were on schedule to be delivered Thursday morning. They would then have 24 Hours to soak their roots in water before being put into the ground by our enthusiastic planters on Friday. That was the plan anyway. Thursday Morning turned into Thursday afternoon and soon after I began to wonder where the vines were, I was informed that the truck was moving slower than usual and the vines would not arrive until “maybe Monday”. Considering the fact that I had been “guaranteed” that the vines would arrive no later than Thursday, I was flabergasted. The vines had only made it as far as Tuscon. Our planters were traveling from all over the country and they would arrive on Friday, vines or no vines. We contemplated driving to Tuscon over night to pick up the vines and drive immediately back, a 14 hour round trip, not county the time required to load 600 grape vines into a 2001 Chevy Tahoe. This seemed less than ideal, considering i did not want to drive 14 hours and also the fact that the first planters had already started to arrive. We ended up hiring a dedicated truck to pick up the vines in Tuscon and drive the vines to the vineyard. This miraculously was accomplished over the phone Thursday evening and the vines Arrived just before sunrise on Saturday morning. We were able to plant all 600 vines(the smallest shipment of the four) that Saturday.
Second anecdote has a photo:
We somehow failed to get a group picture third weekend. So here is a collection of excellent pictures that Michelle captured during the third weekend.
Third Weekend Crew!
Ben: Colorado, Sully: Colorado, Naomi: Colorado, Michelle: California, Paulina: Houston, Tayler: Houston, Kevin: Houston, Artemis: California, Chris: California, Alicia: Austin, Peter: Philadelphia, Jordan: Houston, Promit: Houston, Todd: Texas