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Viticulture Intern Boot Camp

May 30, 2019 @ 9:15 am - 6:00 pm



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:

  • Understanding 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.
  • Be able to identify cold damage, and understand how and when to best estimate yield in vineyards.
  • Be able to distinguish between most major nutrient deficiencies, read a soil and tissue test report, and understand basic fertilizer calculations.
  • Be able to effectively plan out their internship reports, and learn how to be proactive in engaging their internship mentors.


Registration is open from April 15-May 20. Registration is limited to 30 interns for the 2019 session, and is available on first come, first served.

Registration fees are $50 per intern, which covers workshop materials, refreshments, and lunch.

  • Interns should be registered by their employing companies. If you are an intern and are interested in participating, please contact your employer for registration / attendance permission.
  • To register your interns: please email Michelle Moyer ( with the name of your company in the email, and the general location/ AVA in Washington where the intern(s) will be working (for example: Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, Puget Sound, Ancient Lakes). She will then provide you with the registration password.


  • 8:15 – Welcome
  • 8:30 – Roundtable Introduction
  • 8:45 – Module 1 – A Viticulture Year in Review
  • 9:15 – Module 2 – Pest and Disease Scouting – Classroom
  • 10:00 – Break
  • 10:15 –  Module 2 – Continued
  • 11:00 – Transition to Field
  • 11:15 – Module 2 – Pest and Disease Scouting Activity – Vineyard
  • 12:00 – Transition to Classroom / Lunch
  • 1:00 – Module 3 – Cold Damage Assessment and Yield Estimation – Classroom
  • 1:45 – Transition to Field
  • 2:00 – Module 3 – Yield Estimation Activity – Vineyard
  • 2:30 – Return to Classroom / break
  • 3:00 – Module 4 – Vine Nutrition and Nutrient Disorders – Classroom
  • 3:45 – Module 5 – Professional Development and Optimizing Your Internship Experience – Classroom
  • 4:30 – 5:00  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.


May 30, 2019
9:15 am - 6:00 pm
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Michelle Moyer