NAPA GREEN NEWS

Hello Napa Green Community,

How is it already June, and when will summer weather arrive? I know it was a busy spring for all of us. We’re grateful to everyone who joined us for the RISE Climate & Wine Symposium in April. We had roughly 750 guests across the six events, with dozens of commitments to action, including leveraging our Irrigation Assessment services, working with NapaChar and the Clean Burn Company on climate smart burns to make biochar, exploring the use of Blue Morph UV tank sanitation, using kegs in the tasting room, lightening glass bottles, working with Conscious Container on closed loop glass reuse, joining Napa Green, and more. 

Our team is here to support you in taking action. We want to keep the momentum going, so please reach out if we can provide support, and we’d love to hear about any successes. You can see the culminating RISE Press Release here

On that note, for any of you transitioning to the Napa Green Vineyard certification, now is the time to reach out to Ben and Sierra if you need to schedule an Irrigation Distribution Uniformity Assessment. They will share a follow-up report with recommendations to improve the efficiency of irrigation to maximize vine health and grape quality.

Here is a favorite photo from a much-needed vacation back in Croatia. I drank my share of Malvasia, Teran and Plavac Mali while there. 

Živjeli!

-Anna

Napa Green Team at RISE 2023

RISE EVENT RECORDINGS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

Did you want to revisit one of the inspiring talks during RISE? Want to share the content with others in the industry? Or did you have to miss an event or two? Not to worry – all of the recordings and PowerPoint presentations have been posted. To access the slides look for the “Download Presentations” option at the top of each event page.

The Napa Green nonprofit and our RISE Symposium are dedicated to providing the support and resources to take action and level up sustainability and climate action leadership in the wine industry. Plans for our next RISE Symposium will be announced soon. 

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ROUNDUP & HERBICIDE SURVEY

It has been two years since Napa Green launched the new, cutting-edge Napa Green Vineyard certification focused on social justice, regenerative carbon farming, and climate action. We are now working on our first standards update, editing some of the language for clarity, adding resources, and augmenting some of the standards. As a part of this update Napa Green has been working with our Pesticide Working Group and Board of Directors to consider important updates to our Prohibited & Restricted Pesticides list. 

As we consider these updates, we are asking our members to please respond to this Roundup and Herbicide survey by June 16th. The survey should take a MAX of 10 minutes. https://forms.gle/TM2PGLyu9xYCDih39

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 10, 17 & 24 – Do The Work series with Dr. Akilah Cadet: This series of workshops is specifically for leaders working on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives in the wine industry, who want to do the work of becoming accomplices and learn how to integrate anti-racism work into every aspect of their personal and professional lives. https://www.diversityinwineforum.com/programs 

August 23 & 24 – Acres Healthy Soils Summit in Seaside: Includes optional half-day farm tour to Paicines Ranch and Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce. https://www.acresusa.com/healthy-soil-summit/

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Zero Foodprint has reopened their Restore Grants to fund farming practices that enhance soil carbon sequestration (e.g., compost, cover crops, hedgerows). Several of our grower members received small grants ($2-6,000) last year. Ben Mackie, our Vineyard Program Manager, can serve as your Technical Service Provider (TSP). There is an info session this Thursday, June 15th. Applications due July 20thhttps://www.zerofoodprint.org/apply

Compost Connecter: Growers can apply for a compost reimbursement from approved facilities. You must have official approval from Zero Foodprint before your compost order. Rolling applicationshttps://www.zerofoodprint.org/compost

Napa Green partnered with three champion members to host a series of wine benefit dinners in April that raised a pool of matching funds for industry sustainability and climate action projects. We will be sharing qualifying projects and opening a call for applications in Sept/Oct. A total of $60,000 will be distributed to growers and vintners that show the greatest financial need and opportunity for change and impact. Rolling applications begin October 2023.

CDFA HSP & SWEEP: The California Department of Food & Agriculture is piloting a block grant program for the Healthy Soils and State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program funding. This means that regional government agencies and ag nonprofits can apply for a lump sum of funds, and these organizations will then process farmer applications and administer funds to eligible growers. Napa Green is not applying because, unfortunately, no funding is included for administration. We will keep you updated if another regional organization receives a block grant. CDFA plans to reopen the HSP and SWEEP direct grower applications again this fall. Napa Green staff will be available to assist with applications and implementation.

WATER BOARD WINERY WDR – REQUEST FOR COUNTY CONTINUATION DUE AUGUST 1

All winery facilities are required to submit a Winery WDR enrollment application by January 20, 2024. There are potential exceptions in Napa County. 

Napa County is still pursuing an MOU with the State and as such the State has granted the County the ability to provide a 3-year extension for SOME of the winery facilities in Napa County. The criteria for the County approving the extension request are:

  • The winery facility is currently enrolled in Napa County’s Winery Waste Discharge Program, 
  • The facility has a current operating permit,
  • The facility is in compliance with the current discharge and reporting requirements. 

Applications for continuation under Napa County’s Winery Waste Discharge Program must be submitted by August 1, 2023. Learn more and submit your application for continuation here.

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.

Napa Green & Premiere Napa Valley 💚

Thank you for creating such a beautiful event @wheelerfarmswinery! 

Incredible offerings from Napa Green Certified wineries @aowinery, @chandonusa, @grgichhills, @inglenook1879, @rombauervineyards, @spottswoodewinery, @trefethenfamily, @troisnoixwine & @stsupery!! 

Cheers to @premierenapa!
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The whole team is here and some amazing friends are joining us like @spottswoodewinery, @accendocellars, @aowinery, @stsupery, @rombauervineyards, @chandonusa, @troisnoixwine, @trefethenfamily, @matthiasson_wine & @grgichhills! 

Our first @premierenapa event kicks off at 4pm today at @wheelerfarmswinery!! 🍷🎉
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Grazing in the vineyards with a big assist from Cup the Sheep Dog! 

We’ll see you at our event in partnership with @napa_valley_grapegrowers on Feb 27th at @thecastello! Link in bio for registration. 

#welovedogs #sheepdog #sheepfarming #grazing #vineyards #napa #napavalley #regenerativeagriculture #soilhealthmatters
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Sign up for the Grazing Workshop on Tuesday, Feb 27th at @thecastello at the link in our profile. 

@napa_valley_grapegrowers @perennialgrazing
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Add the Napa Green logo to your back label! 

Find the link in our profile or email megan@napagreen.org. Happy bottling season!
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Not just talking the talk but walking the walk is very important to us. One way we do that is by providing our members with as many tools and resources as possible. Here’s what’s coming up: 

1. Weed Management Equipment & Tools for herbicide-free farming - Thurs, Feb 15th at @inglenook1879 at 9:00am. 

2. Napa Green Premiere Open House for the Wine Trade - Thurs, Feb 22nd at @wheelerfarmswinery at 4:00pm. 

3. California Small Farms Conference - Thurs, Feb 25th with @mimicasteel & Ben Mackie at 3:00pm. 

4. Grazing for Vineyard Health & Fire Resilience - Tues, Feb 27th at @thecastello at 9:00am. 

Find all details and registration on napagreen.org under the Connect with Us tab or just head to the link in our profile. We’ll see you all soon.
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📣 February Events! 

www.napagreen.org ➡️ Connect with us ➡️ Events & Workshops! 

Or head the link in our profile to find it all & how to register with one click. See you all at an event soon.
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Join us for a Grazing for Vineyard Health & Fire Resilience Field Day in partnership with @napa_valley_grapegrowers. During this February 27th event we’ll discuss ways to best utilize sheep in the vineyard and employ grazing animals for woodland management, addressing both fire fuel reduction and post fire recovery. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into regenerative practices for your vineyard and beyond! 

Find the link in our profile to register.

📸: @sarahannerisk
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History, sustainability & fine wine at Napa Green Certified @schramsberg! 🥂

#wine #sparklingwine #schramsberg #napa #napavalley #winecave #winecollector #winelover #sustainability #organicvineyard
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🍷Wine Trade! Register for our Premiere Napa Valley event on Feb 22nd at the link in our profile!🍷
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Apply for a grant! Applications can be found at the link in our bio. 

#sustainability #climateaction #winebusiness #wineindustry #napa #napavalley #grantapplications #napawinery
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📣 Announcing our first ever NVV Premiere Event! 📣

Thursday, Feb 22nd from 4pm-6pm at @wheelerfarmswinery. Register at the link in our profile!
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Providing resources, tools and education for our members is core to what we do. Come see us at a February event! 

Register at the link in our profile. We’ll see you there!
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Weed Management Event at @inglenook1879 on Thursday, Feb 15th from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Link in profile to register. 

Por favor, mira hasta el final para ver el mensaje en español.
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Save these dates! 3 great events coming your way in February. 

Find info and registration at the link in our bio or at our website: napagreen.org under Connect with us - Events & Workshops!
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