NAPA GREEN NEWS

This giving season please support the passionate work of the Napa Green team. Being a nonprofit means constant fundraising. Our small but mighty four-person team depends on donations and grants for more than 50% of our budget. We are happy to have joined the Give!Guide this year. Even if you can only give $10 that instantly becomes $20 thanks to matching donations from six of our leading Napa Green certified growers and Napa Climate NOW! Beyond giving, please help us to spread the word within your own networks. All donations are tax deductible!

These funds support our work with over 60 growers to improve soil health and vineyard resilience to drought & heat stress, enhance biodiversity, ensure their teams feel safe and cared for, and help them play a proactive role in fighting climate change by preventing emissions and air pollution aboveground, and storing more carbon in the soil belowground.

Your donations support our work with over 100 vintners to maximize water and energy efficiency, shift to environmentally conscious purchasing and distribution, engage and care for their teams, and systematically reduce emissions from making and delivering wine, while also improving the bottom line. 

We are so grateful for your support. The community that we have behind Napa Green contributes to all of our successes, like a $15,000 grant we were recently awarded from Patagonia. Sportago in St. Helena served as a bridge to that grant. So please reach out if you come across opportunities like these. 

Wishing you joyous, peaceful holidays full of love.

-Anna Brittain and the Napa Green Team

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Join Us for Climate-Smart Burning Demonstration Workshop

We’ve organized a demonstration of three climate-smart burn technologies THIS FRIDAY. The weather may not cooperate but if we are rained out we will reschedule to January 20 (we’ll send an update to registrants tomorrow). The day will begin with Raymond Baltar from the Sonoma Ecology Center explaining the method behind the conservation/low-smoke burn technique and biochar production and then demonstrating a burn, along with a flame-capped kiln. The Clean Burn Company will have an AirBurners BurnBoss processing other piles of vines, and also creating biochar.

When: December 9, from 9-1 pm (backup date Jan. 20). Lunch will be provided. You can RSVP and find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/459477057247

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Napa Green is Seeking a Part-Time Program Assistant

Do you want to help grow and support sustainability and climate action in the wine industry? Do you want to work with an amazing team of dedicated experts? Here is your chance! We are seeking a half-time Program Assistant with the flexibility to support general operations, but primarily focus on supporting Napa Green Winery certification. In this role you will work closely with the Winery Program Manager and our consulting Program Engineer to help facilitate the Winery certification and re-certification processes. This will include interfacing with winemakers, cellar managers, and operations directors to help guide them through the certification process. The most important skillset is exceptional organization.

If interested, please read the full job description . Cover letter and CV/resume should be sent to CEO Anna Brittain, anna@napagreen.org.

Apply for the 2023 Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Award

Has your vineyard and winery been making notable and measurable strides in sustainability and climate action? Then you should apply for the Green Medal award. Vineyards and wineries that participate in a sustainability program in California are eligible to apply in four award categories, recognizing outstanding achievement in sustainability: Leadership Award; Environment Award, Community Award, and Business Award. At least one Napa Green member has been recognized with an award every year, including the 2022 winner of the Environment Award, Trefethen Family Vineyards.

 

Start your application here: https://www.greenmedal.org/apply-about/ Application Deadline: January 20, 2023

The Robert Alexander Scott Scholarship for Educational Advancement

This new scholarship benefits current vineyard or winery workers, their children and spouses/partners studying for a certificate and/or an associate degree in viticulture and/or enology at Napa Valley College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Allan Hancock College, Cuesta College, Walla Walla Community College or Umpqua Community College. The scholarship is geared toward individuals seeking skills that will allow them to advance above entry-level positions in viticulture and enology. Previous recipients of the scholarship are eligible to reapply in subsequent years while working to complete their certificate and/or associate degree.

Award Amount: $6,000-$10,000 per year. Read the full application guidelines here. The deadline for submission is March 6, 2023.

Donate to Napa Green, Double Your $$ Impact, and Get a Tax Deduction

Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated, and immediately doubles in value! The first $3,500 that is donated is being matched by generous donations from six leading growers – among the first to achieve the new Napa Green Vineyard certification. Huge thanks to Spottswoode Estate, Dominus Estate, Clif Family Winery, Sequoia Grove Winery, Rutherford Hill Winery, Chimney Rock, as well as Napa Climate NOW!, all partners in regional climate action.

Napa Green Sponsors

Napa Green is grateful to our sponsors, who help fund our expanding operations and programs. If you are interested in becoming a Napa Green Sponsor please reach out to Napa Green Executive Director, Anna Brittain.

Seeking third party auditors! Email sierra@napagreen.org for full details!
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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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