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  • Water Board passes new regulations for Napa grape growers

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Jul 13, 2017

    by Barry Eberling

    Grape growers in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds face new regulations designed to help reduce sediment eroding into waterways where it can hurt fish.

    The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday passed regulations that have been years in the making. Growers will have to prepare farm plans to control sediment, nutrients and other materials that can run off during storms from vineyards and dirt roads.

    Click to read the complete article on Napa Valley Register.

  • Worker housing funded by Napa vineyards can’t meet demand

    Posted in Industry News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, NVG News on Jul 09, 2017

    by Esther Mobley

    Wake-up time is 4:30 a.m. for Jesus Angel Sanchez Victoria and Cesar Alegria Ruiz. It’s early — but then again, everyone wakes up early at the River Ranch Farmworker Housing Center in St. Helena, where breakfast is served between 3 and 6 a.m.

    Before they leave for their vineyard jobs, Ruiz and Victoria grab a sandwich or a burrito from the River Ranch kitchen. When their workday with Corona Vineyard Management ends — often around 4 p.m., depending on how hot it gets — it’s back to River Ranch. They spend their evenings doing laundry, listening to music, playing basketball and, every night, calling their families.

    Click here to read the article on San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Grape growers laud farmworkers, thank donors

    Posted in Industry News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Jul 08, 2017

    by Henry Lutz

    A decade ago, Silvia Ortiz was unemployed and desperate for work. But with scant grasp of English and unable to speak it, she remembers having to ask her then 6-year-old son: “How can I tell the winemaker that I am looking for a job?”

    Click here to read the article on Napa Valley Register.

  • Passion, belief, dreams and goals anchor our industry

    Posted in Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, NVG News on Jul 06, 2017

    by Armando Hurtado

    I grew up in Saint Helena, raised by two very hardworking Mexican immigrants, and with a strong love for Napa Valley. Despite never having the opportunity themselves, my parents embraced the idea of college and supported my desire to pursue a higher education.

    Click here to read the full article on the Napa Valley Register.

  • Napa grapes coping with heat better than humans

    Posted in NVG News on Jun 21, 2017

    by Henry Lutz

    As an extended heat wave roils the state, grape growers in Napa are taking steps to keep vineyard workers cool on the hottest days. Meanwhile, the abrupt surge in temperatures has marked a significant shift in the growth cycle of the vines and their fruit.

    Click here to read the full article on the Napa Valley Register.