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Conducting ethnographic fieldwork in our research habitat

Since past horticulturalists generally did not leave written records of their exploits, ethnography is a useful tool for gaining primary insights into areas that archival literature often overlooks. In the past year and a half, we conducted systematic interviews with local area veteran residents who were involved in the viticulture industry in the past 7 decades. Provided from memory, their stories furnish colorful details that stretch across time and help us fill in the gaps in our quest for historical knowledge.

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