NAPA GREEN NEWS

Please join us for our Napa Green Town Hall and happy hour at Trefethen Family Vineyards on Tuesday, November 8 from 4-6 pm. Anyone in the community is welcome – whether you’re a member, you might be considering Napa Green certification, or you just want to learn more about our work. Our whole team will be there to connect over drinks and appetizers. We will provide the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, and then open to guests for any questions not yet covered.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/napa-green-town-hall-tickets-414735885197

For those of you who have been transitioning to the cutting-edge Napa Green Vineyard certification it’s time to move that across the finish line! If you haven’t yet submitted the Questionnaire, you need to schedule your Carbon Farm Plan assessment, or you just need to know next steps, please reach out to Ben Mackie, Vineyard Program Manager, ben@napagreen.org.

It is hard to believe we’re already nearing the end of 2022. We’re here to work with your team to ensure the end of year is as sustainable as possible.

– Anna Brittain, Executive Director

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Join us for Conservation Burning & Alternatives Demo Dec. 9

Do you want to see firsthand how to dramatically reduce air pollution from vine pile and fire fuel thinning burns? On Friday, December 9 Raymond Baltar with the Sonoma Biochar Initiative and the Sonoma Ecology Center will lead a demonstration of the conservation/low-smoke burn technique, as well as a flame-cap kiln. The Clean Burn Company will also demonstrate the AirBurners’ BurnBoss air curtain technology. Lunch will be provided.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conservation-burn-alternatives-demonstration-tickets-459477057247

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Climate-Smart Funding Opportunities

New rounds of grant funding for CDFA programs will be opening this fall. Get your project concepts ready because more funds are being released for SWEEP (water efficiency and GHG reduction) and the Healthy Soils Program (compost, cover crops, etc.). SWEEP grants can help fund the purchase of flow meters, Variable Frequency Drives, and tools like Tule Technologies to more precisely target the timing and amount of irrigation.

The Pollinator Habitat Program is a new grant funding source from the CDFA that is open now and closing 11/23.

Both Ben Mackie, Napa Green Vineyard Program Manager, and partners at the RCD are available to help facilitate CDFA grant funding applications. For more information, please reach out to Ben at ben@napagreen.org.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced more than $100 million in funds for projects to replace polluting equipment with zero-emission mobile ag equipment. This includes commercially available EV tractors and supporting infrastructure. The District’s Charge! Program is also offering incentive funding for installing EV charging stations. 

Matching Funds for Soil Lab Analysis

We are happy to announce that through our USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant we have a significant pool of matching funds available for lab soil analysis. Please review the Napa Green Certified Vineyard soil sampling guidance and requirements. If you would like to request matching funds for soil analysis please contact Sierra Minchaca, Climate & Soil Specialist, at sierra@napagreen.org

Save the Dates for Napa RISE – New Name, Same Leadership Goals

We are excited to announce the new name of our second annual 2023 Climate & Wine Symposium – Napa RISE: Resilience, Innovation, Sustainability, Empowerment. Charles Krug Winery is once again generously hosting and sponsoring this event in the beautiful Carriage House. Across April 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 we will continue critical conversations and workshops to accelerate sustainability and climate action in the wine industry. Please keep an eye out for Early Bird tickets in December.

Napa Green Ambassador Training

Sustainability and sustainable winegrowing are hotter topics than ever. This was reflected by the incredible participation in our October 27 Ambassador Training at Chimney Rock Winery. Thank You to the more than 50 guests who joined us. We look forward to seeing and supporting the creative ways you share your sustainability story.

The Ambassador Training was recorded and is available for you and your team to leverage at any time: https://napagreen.org/napa-green-ambassadors-training/

Enjoy Recent Instagram Reels with our Sponsors

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Amorim Cork America

and the Napa Green Team 

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Keystone Capsules 

and the Teacher’s Resource Center 

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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