By Cathy Huyghe
Oscar Renteria of Renteria Vineyard Management knows that a labor shortage isn’t just pending at some point in the future. It’s already upon him. Here are two realities about the difficulty of growing grapes in the Napa Valley: the farming itself, and finding people to do the farming.
Posted in Press Releases on Aug 01, 2016
NAPA, CA – August 1, 2016 – It was a joyous day in downtown Napa as a record 2,000-plus Napa County farmworkers and their families attended the fifth annual “Día de la Familia” hosted by Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ (NVG) and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Sunday, July 31. This one of a kind annual street festival celebrates Napa Valley’s farmworkers and their families and the vital role they play in the community.
More than 60 community organizations took part in the festivities this year showcasing the extraordinary services and programs they provide for Napa’s farmworkers, their families, and the community at large. Mariachis serenaded the crowds as they enjoyed traditional food and beverage from four taco trucks. And the afternoon brought colorful performances by Ballet Folklorico Xochiquetzal and Danza Mexica Nanahuatzin, along with face painting, arts and crafts and raffles.
A record 2,000-plus Napa County farmworkers and their families attended the fifth annual Día de la Familia hosted by Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Sunday. This one-of-a-kind annual street festival celebrates Napa Valley’s farmworkers and their families and the vital role they play in the community
Posted in Press Releases on Jul 26, 2016
NAPA, CA (July 26, 2016) – On July 21, 2016 the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) hosted the highly anticipated Organic Winegrowing Conference, the only one if its kind in the country attracting top quality grape growers and winemakers from Napa and the North Coast and as far away as Oregon, Washington and New Mexico.
This year’s conference was kicked off by keynote speaker Renata Brillinger, Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), a coalition of sustainable and organic agriculture organizations that seeks to change state and federal policy to advance agriculture’s powerful climate solutions. “California is a global leader on climate change,” remarked Ms. Brillinger, outlining the work CalCAN is doing to address climate change through: the cap-and-trade program, farmland conservation, renewable energy and planning and adapting to climate change.
By W. Blake Gray
Mildew and viruses may actually make wine taste better, but you might not want to get into the true dirt of organic farming with consumers. These were two of the takeaways from Napa Valley's 10th annual organic grapegrowing conference last week. Napa Valley Grapegrowers says it's the only annual conference of its type in the country, where growers can explain to each other how to give up the Roundup.