by Henry Lutz
A summer-long steeping in all things wine industry is open again to high schoolers from Napa to Calistoga.
Fields of Opportunity, a partnership between the Napa Valley Unified School District and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, will again take high school students from both the city of Napa and Upvalley through the ins and outs of the largest industry in their backyards.
In years past, high school interns, who are paid a starting wage, have blasted barrels, managed cover crops, had a hand in hospitality and sales, and even witnessed drones at work in the vineyards. Former interns have credited the program with sending them down the path toward careers in agriculture.
Posted in Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Feb 11, 2019
More than 150 men and women on Saturday competed in the 18th Annual Napa County Pruning Contest, an event organized by Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Napa Farmworker Foundation. The contest at Beringer’s Gamble Ranch Vineyard was postponed a week due to rain. The top winners in the men and women’s divisions received $950 in cash, gift cards, a custom trophy belt buckle and other prizes. The second to fourth top finishers received cash prizes ranging from $675 to $225 and other prizes. The contestants were full-time employees and Napa County residents. Most were paid by their employers for the day, according to a Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ press release.
NAPA, CA (September 4, 2018) – On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) celebrated the 11th annual Harvest STOMP with a sold-out crowd of 575 guests and raised a record-breaking $2.04 million net. Proceeds directly support NVG’s ongoing efforts to preserve and promote Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards, and the professional development and educational opportunities of Napa Valley farmworkers. This year’s event was hosted by Frog’s Leap proprietors Tori and John Williams and their family at Galleron Vineyard, an organically farmed site in the heart of Rutherford.
“2018 Harvest STOMP was a night to remember and the results are outstanding. Collectively, we showed our support for Napa Valley’s vineyards and its professionals, along with a commitment to ag preservation. Living and farming in Napa Valley is a gift; these funds raised help preserve it for future generations,” said John Williams.
NAPA, CA – July 24, 2018 – It was a celebratory day in downtown Napa as 2,500-plus Napa County farmworkers and their families, and almost 50 community organizations took part in the seventh annual “Día de la Familia” hosted by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Sunday, July 22. This one-of-a-kind annual street festival brought together the community at-large, showcasing its vibrancy, comradery, and good will, which makes Napa Valley an exceptional place to live and work in.
This year, the amount of participating organizations grew, now representing a wide array of community pillars, including, OLE Health, who provided complimentary medical screenings, along with dental and vision exams. Participating community organizations set up booths along Napa Street, each having the opportunity to start a dialog with attendees, share information, and answer any questions. The information exchange was housed amongst a celebration of mariachi music, art from the Napa Valley Unified School District elementary school students, and of course, great food.
NAPA, CA (June 15, 2018) – The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation honored the accomplishments of 50 student at the 3rd Annual Appreciation Luncheon at Meadowood on Friday. The event recognized 2018 graduates of the English Literacy Program and winners of the 2018 Napa County Pruning Contest. Also recognized were the donors whose generosity helped provide educational and professional development opportunities to over 15,000 Napa Valley vineyard workers and their families.