We needed brawn to tackle the hillside.
They needed funds to get to a face-off in Hawaii.
So a few vineyard enthusiasts offered donations to a cadre of Westlake High School football players in exchange for some time on the hill. With a rented auger, some muscle and a whole lot of sweat, these polite and enthusiastic young men pushed themselves to the limit.
The result: 200 new holes, sometimes through rock, for our next planting of rootstock.