In a Sacramento urban redevelopment plan, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery is proposing a plan to convert a part of the cemetery into a 9-acre vineyard.
The cemetery intends on utilizing land that was meant for future burials to grow Merlot, Malbec, White Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to produce sacramental wines that all parishes can use for Mass. If there is a future shortage on land for burials, St. Mary’s proposal details a plan to convert the land back. The time frame estimated for an occurrence like this is 30-50 years.
A drip irrigation system and minimal use of chemicals is the approach the church would like to take and in an effort to produce natural soil nutrients, the church intends on planting barley and clover in between the vines.
Locals are excited to see the project underway because the eminence of the vineyard is just what the area needs. Construction has destroyed much of the landscaping that was once there and if the vineyard is successful, the outcome will be beautiful.