by Maria Sestito
YOUNTVILLE — Napa Valley farmworkers had the opportunity to demonstrate their pruning skills and earn the title of “champion” during the 17th annual Napa County Pruning Contest at Beringer Vineyard’s Gamble Ranch on Saturday.
by Henry Lutz
Piles of vines lie in wait, slowly drying after having been carefully removed and stacked, with all treated wood and plastic pulled and as little dirt and organic material left clinging to the vines as possible.
This is all in an effort by Napa’s grape growers and vineyard managers to minimize the amount of smoke the piles let off when they are finally burned.
by Andrew Adams
Yountville, Calif.—Some of the blackened hills of the North Bay are sporting a light covering of green as new grasses push from the soil following November rains.
Yet many of the trees on those hills are dead brown, and large swaths of blackened hillside remain in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Solano counties. More than two months after fires ignited across the North Coast, much work remains to be done in ensuring the areas affected by the fires won’t be further damaged by significant erosion.
by NVR staff
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers sent supplies this week to agriculture and winery organizations in the areas of Southern California battling multiple wildfires.
The aid comes even as recovery efforts continue in Northern California after the massive wildfires that struck here in early October.
by Henry Lutz
Fearing erosion of their land this winter, Napans took to the Napa Valley Expo on Wednesday morning for the promise of free supplies and advice courtesy of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and a cadre of county offices for the first Erosion Control Community Fair.
Pallets of straw wattles were stacked high and up for grabs along with stakes, mulch, seed mixes, gloves, boots, tarps and other erosion control trappings, while the county’s Ag Commissioner’s Office, Planning Department, Resource Conservation District and other authorities offered their expertise to those working to tackle the looming threat of erosion in the wake of the October wildfires.