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2020 – Viticulture Intern Boot Camp

June 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

A student handles a grapevine


This all-day workshop is targeted to provide a baseline level of knowledge to company interns specializing in activities or training related to Washington State viticulture. The idea is to train interns in: 1) What Happens Throughout a WA Growing Season, 2) Pest and Disease Scouting, 3) Cold Damage and Yield Estimation, 4) Nutrient Disorder Identification and Understanding Fertilizers, and 5) General Internship Planning and Organization. Participants will have both in-class and in-vineyard experiences, and will also begin to develop a resource guide they can reference throughout their internship and beyond.

Target Audience

Individuals classified as “interns” in a Washington State Viticulture industry-related field (vineyard management, crop consulting, etc).  Individuals must be registered by a Washington State employer, and preferably be a student pursing a post-secondary school degree in viticulture or a related field.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this boot camp, interns should be able to:

  • Understand the timing of major viticulture activities in Washington State vineyards.
  • Identify major pests and diseases in Washington Viticulture, and how to best scout and sample for them.
  • Identify cold damage, and understand how and when to best estimate yield in vineyards.
  • Distinguish between most major nutrient deficiencies, read a soil and tissue test report, and understand basic fertilizer calculations.
  • Effectively plan out their internship reports, and learn how to be proactive in engaging their internship mentors.


COVID-19 Update: We are going Digital!  This Intern Boot Camp will be delivered via ZOOM, with interactive video and breakout room group work for what were our hands-on activities. 

Registration Fee: $45 per person

Registration deadline : REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.


  • 8:30 – Welcome & PreSurvey
  • 8:45 – Roundtable Introduction
  • 9:00 – Module 1 – A Viticulture Year in Review
  • 9:30 – Module 2 – Pest and Disease Scouting
  • 10:15 – Break
  • 10:30 –  Module 2 – Continued
  • 11:15 – Pest and Disease Scouting Interactive Activity / Video
  • 11:45 – Break / Lunch on your own
  • 12:15 – Module 3 – Cold Damage Assessment and Yield Estimation
  • 1:00 – Yield Estimation Activity Interactive Activity / Video
  • 1:30- Module 4 – Vine Nutrition and Nutrient Disorders
  • 2:15 -Break
  • 2:30 – Vine Nutrition and Nutrient Disorders Online Group Activity
  • 3:00 – Module 5 – Professional Development and Optimizing Your Internship Experience
  • 3:30 – 3:45  Session Wrap-up


Anyone attending this program who requires auxiliary aids or services, please contact Michelle Moyer at 509-786-9234 or Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.


June 18, 2020
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Michelle Moyer