Certified Wildlife Habitat: Pipestone Vineyards is Certified as friendly wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. We farm to be gentle on local native animal and plant
species by considering their life cycles in the timing of our various farming activities.
We’ve planted food sources in and around the vineyards and orchard such as native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, and nectar; and we make sure we leave some for the animals. We’ve provided water sources for
birds, deer, and other animals that are friendly and safe for them.
Jeff has built brush and rock piles for wildlife habitat, as well as nesting boxes and nesting habitat (dense shrubs, windrows) suitable for native animals. We’ve also chosen to only fence our vineyard and to leave
the rest of our property fully accessible as wildlife corridors and habitat (the fence really only keeps the deer out of the vineyard).
Much of our farming is done to provide habitat for beneficial and predatory insects. And above all, we do not spray pesticides that are harmful to birds, fish, other animals, or ourselves!
In the vineyard we’ve seen so much wildlife that it’s almost un-countable, but here’s a partial list: coyotes, bobcats, and yes a mountain lion, gophers (darn ‘em) squirrels, rabbits, voles, mice, wood rats, a badger
(!), raccoons, fox, opossum, turkeys, hawks, kestrels, owls, bats, an eagle, and many, many song birds, deer (we chase them out), lizards, snakes (yes, even rattle snakes), frogs, toads, and turtles.