A vineyard is an expensive, long-term investment in comparison to other agricultural pursuits. Bolen said one acre of winemaking grapes can cost upwards of $10,000 and take three to five years for a return on investment. Managing a vineyard is a time-intensive and largely un- mechanized endeavor. Growing grapes is hard enough as is without the added stress of protecting your crop from one of the most powerful herbicides commercially available to farmers.

As a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother of farmers, Dean Huffaker has her fair share of experiences. “We had one little irrigation well, and we had to water through ditches,” said Dean Huffaker as she recalled a lifetime of farming that had not been talked about in years. Over the years, she has seen many changes in farming, but one thing that has not changed is the families themselves.