Hello Napa Green community, Today’s Napa Green News focuses on three key topics, with more details below:

The lowdown on the new, cutting-edge NAPA GREEN VINEYARD program – WHY and HOW to make the transition to this leading SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE ACTION certification.

$$$ – Get START-TO-FINISH support applying for SWEEP (due January) or HEALTHY SOILS (due February) grants.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Registration Required)
NOV 16: SWEEP Grant Application Info Session (Online – Hosted by RCD)
NOV 18: Healthy Soils Grant Application Info Session (Online – Hosted by CDFA)
NOV 18: Grower & Vineyard Management Happy Hour (The Forge Pizza)
DEC. 2: Winery WDR Workshop (In-person AND online – Location TBD)
DEC. 9: Napa Green Vineyard Q&A and Enrollment Workshop (In-person AND online – Chimney Rock Winery)
Do you want to be a part of the climate action solution, build resilience, and keep your Napa Green recognition in the vineyard?
  • The new, leading Napa Green Vineyard certification program officially REPLACES the Napa Green Land program as of DECEMBER 31, 2021.
  • All growers who want to keep their Napa Green recognition in the vineyard will need to ENROLL by Dec. 31 and will have ONE-YEAR TO TRANSITION.
  • The Napa Green team (BEN MACKIE, BEN@NAPAGREEN.ORG) will walk you through the steps for certification, and can provide ON-THE-GROUND IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT as needed.
  • Napa Green Vineyard certification has SIX CORE ELEMENTS: I. Social Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; II. Carbon Farming and Regenerative Agriculture; III. Water Efficiency; IV. Tree/Forest Preservation; V. Prohibited & Restricted Pesticides; VI. Conservation/Low-Smoke Burning & Burn Alternatives.
  • To access the standards in our Napa Green Vineyard portal you can ENROLL HERE. There is no cost or obligation if you enroll.
  • All things grow and evolve. Our mission is to help our members continuously take SUSTAINBILITY LEADERSHIP to the next level.
We are facing a climate crisis, and that crisis is no longer imminent, it is here. It is no longer somewhere else or someone else’s problem, it is ours. Fires, drought, increasing numbers of high heat days have all been impacting grape and wine quality.
Napa growers and farmers can play an active role in building social equity, conserving natural resources, drawing down greenhouse gas emissions and creating a resilient vineyard ecosystem. Agriculture and viticulture are in fact among few sectors that have a ready and near-term opportunity to become not just carbon neutral but climate positive.
Coming together as a sustainable winegrowing region is no longer optional, it is imperative. Alone, our capacity to resolve worldwide industry issues is relatively limited. Collectively, unified under a common goal, we can harness our political influence and serve as a force to transform the industry.

* To ensure the health and safety of our community, all attendees must present proof of vaccination and wear a mask for entry.

SWEEP Grant Application Info Session
When: Tues, Nov 16, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Online

Healthy Soils Grant Application Info Session
When: Thurs, Nov 18, 2021 OR Thurs, Dec 16, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

SWEEP and Healthy Soils Grant Application Info Sessions

Could you use some funding to install technologies like Tule, Ranch Systems, and HotSpot AG to more precisely target the timing and amount of irrigation?
Or would you like to increase organic matter in your soil by applying compost or reducing tillage?
Napa Green’s Ben Mackie and the RCD’s Miguel Garcia and Ruby Stahel will provide START-TO-FINISH support applying for SWEEP (due January) or HEALTHY SOILS (due February) grants.
Please note, grower applicants who represent disadvantaged communities will receive priority consideration for funding (this includes Hispanic, Black, and Veteran applicants but DOES NOT include women).

Grower & Vineyard Management Happy Hour

Want to get to know the Napa Green Team and hear more about the Napa Green Vineyard certification while enjoying some pizza and beer/wine? Join us at The Forge for HAPPY HOUR.

When: Thurs, Nov 18, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: The Forge
When: Thurs, Dec 2, 2021
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Online OR in person at Cakebread Cellars

Winery Waste Discharge Requirements Workshop

Have you heard about the Water Board’s adoption of the WINERY WASTE DISCHARGE REQUIREMENTS and wondering what this means for your facility? Join us to hear from the Wine Institute, County Environmental Health, Napa Green’s own engineer Bill Bennett, and key regional vendors on next steps. SEE THE AGENDA.

Napa Green Grower Engagement & Vineyard Enrollment workshop

Connect with Ben Mackie, Napa Green’s Climate & Soil Specialist, to learn about the Napa Green Vineyard certification process and get ENROLLED (one-year transition period).

When: Thurs, Dec 9, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Online OR in person at Chimney Rock Winery

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.