NAPA GREEN NEWS

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)
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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
Where:
Online

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.

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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