PA VinES (Pennsylvania Vested in Environmental Sustainability) is a voluntary program that promotes self-assessment of on-farm operations in Erie County’s vineyards and provides a pathway for grape growers to access state funding that can offset the cost of installing agricultural conservation practices.

Growers assess nutrient and sediment run-off and then can obtain funding through PaVinES to implement conservation practices that reduce nutrient and sediment erosion into waterways.

The PaVinEs program has distributed over $400,000 to grape growers to install conservation practices including nearly 500 acres of cover crops and over 800 feet of stream buffers.

tractor in vineyard field in erie county

Vineyard in Erie County (PA VinES)