About The Growing Vine

The Growing Vine has been a project by people who love New England and enjoy wine. Some big changes are in process, and we hope you will join us as we move forward.

Local vineyards and farms preserve land and resources which we can all enjoy. Urban wineries create additional jobs and attraction for tourism. While maintaining centuries-old vintners’ techniques, these farms and vineyards are also exploring renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

nancy-boyle-contributor-to-the-growing-vineNancy Boyle grew up in Boston, and spent summers on Cape Cod. She has worked on farms, raising animals, gardening & making maple syrup. A passion is exploring the small towns of New England and finding spots to do watercolors. She looks forward to reporting on trips to wineries and places of interest in New England. Her design work can be seen at Millbrook CreativeMillbrook creative logo
Sumita Dutta, Business Analyst

Sumita Dutta Sumita Dutta joins Millbrook Creative/TGV as a private consultant, where her primary responsibilities involve designing and implementing websites that bring efficiency and resiliency to business-models of various organizations, transforming their everyday operations.

In the past, Sumita worked as a Systems Engineer for AT&T and IBM, where she provided leadership and technical coordination across multiple business units including customer, development, test, and deployment organizations. Her experience with UI design, business requirements management, data analysis, and application for network services and architecture is extensive. She also was highly appraised for her lead role in the QOS Policy Management System Framework Design Document.

Sumita received five AT&T Recognition Awards for outstanding accomplishments and several other Appreciation Awards for significant contributions to various projects at AT&T. Also, she made significant contribution to an internet draft “Service Level Specification for Inter-domain QoS Negotiation” that was presented in the BOF Meeting for SLS: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Sumita started her career at Accenture as a Consultant. She received a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, New York, in 1994.

Mary-Schwager-Journalist-Writer-Contributor-to-The-Growing-VineMary Schwager is a journalist with more than 17 years experience. She’s won more than two-dozen local, regional, national and international journalism awards for investigative, consumer, feature reporting and writing including 10 Emmy Awards and 7 Edward R. Murrow Awards and numerous Associated Press honors.

Mary is a national consumer columnist for Examiner.Com, Galtime.com and Exhibit A.

Jim Ashkar is originally from rural Pennsylvania and learned to appreciate the land and grape growing from his Lebanese grandparents who maintained gardens on a pristine lake in Eagles Mere, PA. Jim has had several careers as an engineer, project manager and teacher. He loves to travel New England and discover new places, especially on the back roads, and is very interested in the processes and activities around making wine.