Miranda began working for Extension in June 2019 where she pioneered CSU’s very first Viticulture Extension program based out of Grand Junction. Viticulture is the science of grape growing. Her interest in viticulture comes from her love of food (& wine) and her passion for the environment. Miranda recently graduated from Oregon State University where she studied different pruning techniques for Pinot noir wine grapes and their effect on grapevine bud fruitfulness. She looks forward to addressing the challenges faced by grape growers across the state of Colorado, namely cold hardiness and phylloxera, an aphid-like insect that feeds on grapevine roots. You can find Miranda conducting site visits for beginning and experienced growers in vineyards of all sizes. Another important aspect of her work involves relaying research-based information, such as which varieties grow best in Colorado and which management practices are most suited to our conditions. She looks forward to getting more involved with the Food Systems team!