Bruce Bridges

Project Name:

Biotechnology in North Carolina

Mr. Bridges will partner with Mr. Edwards, owner of Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard and Winery, to learn viniculture, the science of growing grapes and wine production. Viniculture is one of the earliest forms of biotechnology. The project will focus on agricultural biotechnology. During the summer externship, Mr. Bridges will experience the science and technology critical to daily operations of a vineyard. This may include monitoring and controlling pests and diseases, fertilization, irrigation, pruning and canopy management as well as monitoring fruit development. He will create lessons for the middle school science classroom that engage students with the scientific method as they explore real world challenges and opportunities associated with the growing ag-biotech industry in North Carolina.

From School:

Crest Middle School


Cleveland County Schools


Charles Edwards, Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard and Winery


Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center