partnered with CiesaDesign, a Lansing-based company, to create a user-friendly site by implementing several new features, including a resource library, educational sessions, news, and even a meet the verifiers section.
A steering committee, composed of representatives from vineyards and wineries, Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, MAEAP and the Grape and Wine Council, was established to guide the sustainability project.
In November the 5 Lakes Energy firm began creating a survey to determine what "sustainability" meant to the grape and wine industry, what individual growers and wineries are currently doing (including participation in MAEAP) and how the concept of sustainability could be extended from grapegrowing to include wineries.
MAEAP was designed by a coalition of agricultural, conservation and environmental representatives to assist producers in developing farm-specific pollution prevention practices.
We will discuss methods used to establish this partnership arrangement, priorities used to identify target conservation districts and overall MAEAP program success and challenges.