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Shielding our cranberry vines from the winter chill involves flooding the beds with water. We repeat this process multiple times in the winter season with the aim of forming over a foot of ice on the beds, enabling us to drive dump trucks on top of the ice to distribute sand.


After we have created enough ice on the beds the sanding process can begin. Using a dump truck, sand is evenly spread on top of the ice, approximately 3/4 of an inch thick.  After the spring thaw, the sand filters down to the vines. This stimulates new growth, encourages rooting, and enables the vines to become more productive.  

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