Climate Friendly Farming Workshop

Watch this three-part workshop to explore the opportunity of climate friendly farming – implementing regenerative practices that store more carbon in soil, increase soil health, and enhance the resilience of vineyards to drought and heat stress.

PANEL I – THE WHY, HOW AND BENEFITS OF CLIMATE FRIENDLY FARMING: Vineyard managers and winemakers discuss the day-to-day reality of implementing “carbon farming” practices and reduced pesticide use, and share the benefits of these practices, including employee wellbeing and enhanced soil health, biodiversity, and fruit quality.

MONARCH TRACTOR DEMO AND Q&A: Take a tour of this 100% electric tractor with autonomous capabilities, and learn about the Carl Moyer program, which can subsidize 50-85% of the cost of these cutting-edge tractors.

PANEL II – WHAT’S NEXT? THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE FRIENDLY FARMING: Learn more about the new Napa Green Vineyard certification program, the technology behind Monarch tractors, tools to track the health of the microbiome, and the potential for Napa Green certified growers to join an agricultural carbon market.

MODERATOR

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Elaine Chukan Brown | Wine Writer, Communicator, and Educator

Elaine Chukan Brown serves as a writer, speaker, and educator specializing in wine, personal empowerment, and social justice. She has been a celebrated keynote speaker for events worldwide, and serves as one of the world’s most celebrated educators of wine. 

THE WHY, HOW AND BENEFITS OF CLIMATE FRIENDLY FARMING

Vineyard managers and winemakers discuss the day-to-day reality of implementing “carbon farming” practices and reduced pesticide use, and share the benefits of these practices, including employee wellbeing and enhanced soil health, biodiversity, and fruit quality.

PANELISTS

Ashley Anderson Bennett

Ashley Anderson Bennett | Vineyard Manager at Cain Vineyards

At Cain Vineyard and Winery, Bennett oversees eighty-eight acres of hillside vineyards, including a year-round crew of nine. Together they plant, prune, manage weeds, pests, and vineyard canopy, and harvest the grapes—all while working closely with winemakers to achieve the desired fruit. Read more in  The Women Behind Some Of Napa And Sonoma’s Best Wines.

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Sophie Drucker | Winegrower & Vineyard Manager at Raymond Vineyards | Boisset America

Winegrower and Vineyard Manager Sophie Drucker did her undergraduate studies at UC Davis in viticulture and enology and then worked in the wine industry doing cellar and vineyard work in Napa Valley, Portugal and New Zealand. She returned to California and UC Davis for a master’s degree in horticulture and agronomy.

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Steve Matthiasson | Owner at Matthiasson Wines

Steve dreamt of farming his entire life. In 1994, while back in grad school for horticulture he found a job in vineyards and orchards working for a small sustainable agriculture consulting firm. In 1999 he co-authored the California manual on sustainable vineyard practices. In 2002 he started consulting on vineyard practices in Napa. He still loves the challenge of solving vineyard problems for others, but since 2003 the primary focus has been on our own family farming and winemaking. 

Carlo Mondavi

Carlo Mondavi | Co-Owner of Raen Winery and Co-Founder & Chief Farming Officer at Monarch Tractor

Carlo is an expert viticulturist with experience in Organic, Bio dynamic, and Permaculture Farming. He is a fourth generation winegrower from the world-renowned Mondavi family and is co-founder of Raen Winery, as well as a partner at Continuum Estate. Carlo is the co-founder of the Monarch Challenge, an effort focused on elevating farming by eliminating herbicides and powerful chemicals from farms in Sonoma, Napa and beyond

MONARCH TRACTOR DEMO AND Q&A

Take a tour of this 100% electric tractor with autonomous capabilities, and learn about the Carl Moyer program, which can subsidize 50-85% of the cost of these cutting-edge tractors.

WHAT'S NEXT? THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE FRIENDLY FARMING

Learn more about the new Napa Green Vineyard certification program, the technology behind Monarch tractors, tools to track the health of the microbiome, and the potential for Napa Green certified growers to join an agricultural carbon market.

panelists

Alberto Acedo Becares

Alberto Acedo | CSO & Co-Founder of Biome Makers

Scientific soul of Biome Makers´ technology. Alberto is a genetists with a large number of recognitions such as TR35 España in 2014 by MIT Technology Review, CSIC Investigator and Extraordinary Doctorate Award 2015. Enthusiastic about biotechnology with great experience in this field.
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Anna Brittain | Executive Director at Napa Green

Anna Brittain has worked locally, nationally and internationally on environmental management and policy. She has spent more than eight years working as a sustainability consultant with the wine industry, with an expertise in communications and certification standards. Anna has a Master’s of Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. Her mission is to spread the message that sustainability is sexy.

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Rebekah Carlson | Agriculture Supply Lead at Nori Carbon Removal Marketplace

Rebekah combines her experience in agronomy, science, and crop modeling to help effectively enroll farmers into the Nori marketplace. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Biola University and M.S. in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Minnesota.

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Praveen Penmetsa | Co-Founder & CEO at Monarch Tractor

Praveen has nearly two decades of hands-on experience in translating creative visions into products for startups to Fortune 50 companies alike. He co-currently serves as founder and CEO of Motivo Engineering, a product-engineering firm with clients in the Mobility, Energy, AgTech, and Aerospace sectors. Praveen holds an MSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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Have you been to Napa Green Certified @boeschenvineyards yet?
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Team Green outing today at the stunning @boeschenvineyards as we celebrate big things that we can’t wait to share with you! 🌿
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One of the main resistances to phasing out glyphosate is increased labor and equipment costs. However, the costs of herbicides and fertilizers have risen dramatically, so increased labor demands can be offset by reduced supply chain purchases. 

In addition, leaders like Grgich Hills Estate have shown that regenerative organic farming can be cost-effective. According to an analysis by Brotemarkle Davis & Co. LLP accounting firm, the average annual per acre cost of vineyard management in the Napa Valley is $14,800, with $3,800 in depreciation. At Grgich, they spend $11,000 per acre, with only $1,300 in depreciation due to the longer life of their vineyards. 

Learn from regional leaders about the practical costs, benefits, and ROI of herbicide-free, organic, and regenerative vineyard management.

Confirmed Speakers:
• Ivo Jeramaz, Grgich Hills
• Phil Coturri, Enterprise Vineyard Management & Winery Sixteen 600
• Brad Kurtz, Gloria Ferrer
• Brenae Royal, St. Supery
• Rebekah Wineburg, Quintessa

Register at the link in our bio.
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“Storytelling is key… and sustainability is the most important topic in wine.”

Thank you @elinmccoy for an incredible and insightful conversation with @napagreen members about the stories most likely to capture journalists attention.
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Thank you to all who attended our Future of Water Workshop yesterday at Napa Green Certified @silveroakcellars! 

Stay tuned for more from our luminary speakers @mimicasteel, @todmostero, @petergleick & our own @abrittain.
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Join us for a special roundtable workshop with award-winning journalist Elin McCoy, global wine critic for Bloomberg News and US editor for the podcast The Wine Conversation, with listeners in 95 countries. 

Elin will sit down with a small group of Napa Green members (max 25 guests) and share her insights on the types of stories and pitches most likely to engage the media. In particular, she’ll focus on stories related to sustainable winegrowing, climate action, and social equity. 

Elin will speak and answer questions for about an hour. Then we’ll break into small groups to develop a story pitch, and come back together to present and get Elin’s feedback and input. This is a rare opportunity to get ideas and inspiration from a leading wine journalist. Register at the link in our profile.
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Climate Action & Regenerative Agriculture! Our sixth pillar that encompasses all that we do at Napa Green. 🌼
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Hear from Winery Program Manager @love.dream.breathe about Energy Efficiency & Savings, one of our pillars of sustainable winegrowing leadership
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We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated either space, time or proceeds of bottles/food sold to Napa Green during Earth Month! We are a small non-profit that greatly relies on donations of these kinds and we’re so grateful for our supportive community. 

Let’s hear it for: 

📍@trefethenfamily 
📍@pineridgewine 
📍@cliffamily 
📍@neotempowines
📖 @karenmacneilco
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Social Justice, Equity & Inclusion. Perhaps our most important pillar of our six pillars of sustainability leadership. 

Thank you for the beautiful description @growresiliently!
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Register now at the link in our profile! 💦

May 23, 2024
Silver Oak Winery, Oakville
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

One of the most critical agricultural concerns with our changing climate, and more frequent & intense weather extremes, is precipitation and water availability. The good news is opportunities abound to optimize irrigation efficiency, and implement regenerative practices that improve soil health, water infiltration, and retention. 

Join us for The Future of Water, with highlights including a keynote from Peter Gleick, one of the world’s leading water experts, and Mimi Casteel, not only a viticulturist and winemaker, but also a forest ecologist with a vision for water resiliency.
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Join us for The Future of Water Workshop, to explore our water future, with highlights including a keynote from Peter Gleick, one of the world’s leading water experts (all guests will receive a copy of Peter’s most recent book, The Three Ages of Water) and Mimi Casteel, not only a viticulturist and winemaker, but also a forest ecologist with a vision for water resiliency.

Wine grape quality is closely tied to the right amount of water, at the right time. One of the most critical agricultural concerns with our changing climate, and more frequent & intense weather extremes, is precipitation and water availability. We’ve swung from historic drought to atmospheric rivers. Our community has huge swaths of unmanaged, unhealthy forests full of non-natives and overrun by firs, amplifying fire risk and undermining one of the most critical systems for groundwater recharge.

The good news is opportunities abound to optimize irrigation efficiency, and implement regenerative practices that improve soil health, water infiltration, and retention. A watershed coalition has also formed in Napa County to pilot and model creek & forest restoration for localized water resiliency and climate cooling. 

Come learn more on Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00am at @silveroakcellars.
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Sustainably sourced ingredients with Chef Sarah Heller 🌱 Purchase your tax deductible ticket to our Opus One x Napa Green dinner at the link in our profile!
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You’re invited.. 

Full details may be found at the link in our profile. Cheers!
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As we wrap up an amazing Earth Month, we want to thank you all for the support & for coming to see us at our events! 

Let’s keep the momentum going and remember that Earth Day is Every Day! 🌎
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