The Ag Preserve

© Stephen Rothfeld

The Napa Valley Ag Preserve

"While many other regions permanently paved over their agricultural land, Napa County did something truly unique and doubled down on agriculture.  The result was nothing short of visionary." 

- Garrett Buckland, Past President, Napa Valley Grapegrowers

Owner, Premiere Viticultural Services




Quick Facts about the Napa Valley Ag Preserve

  • This landmark set of zoning laws, which encompasses Ag Preserve and Ag Watershed lands, established agriculture as the highest and best use of the land in Napa County
  • The Ag Preserve was established as AP and AW zoning in 1968 to protect agriculture for future generations; this was the first zoning ordinance of its kind in the country
  • Planted vineyard land makes up 9 percent of Napa County land totaling around 45,000 acres
  • 37,100 acres of land (7.3% of the County) are protected in perpetuity through Conservation Agreements between landowners and the Land Trust of Napa County
  • Nationally, we lose nearly 40 acres of farmland every hour due to urban sprawl; however, not one acre of Ag Preserve zoned land has been lost to urban use since its adoption
  • According to the American Farmland Trust, an acre of agricultural land on average produces 58 times fewer GHG emissions than an acre of urban use.

History

Preserving the Vineyards of Napa Valley

a paper by Jon Ruel, past NVG President

Description: The Ag Preserve as it pertains to local regulations and the commitment of a community


AG Preservation History

created by the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund 

Description: Timeline of historical events

Supporting Legislation

Ag Preserve Zoning


Disclaimer: this map was prepared by Napa County PBES for informational purposes only

Articles

Your Turn: Remembering James Hickey, the mystic

by Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Napa Valley Register, March 15, 2018

Will Napa's 50-year-old agricultural preserve continue to protect the Napa Valley? 

by Barry Eberling, Napa Valley Register, February 4, 2018

Napa Valley Grapegrowers Report: Meet the up-and-coming grapegrowers

by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Napa Valley Register, January 4, 2018

Renewing a commitment to the Ag Preserve

by Garrett Buckland, NVG President, Napa Valley Register, November 16, 2017

L. Pierce Carson, Eyes of Napa Valley, Dies at 76

by James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 22, 2017

The Economics of Ag Land

by Garrett Buckland, NVG President, Napa Valley Register, April 26, 2017

Oral histories tell the story of the Ag Preserve

by Sasha Paulsen, Napa Valley Register, February 27, 2012

Honoring the Ag Preserve founders, looking to the future

by L. Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register, May 23, 2008

How Napa's Ag Preserve beat the odds, and saved the valley

by L. Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register, April 20, 2008

Help county preserve ag industry

by Andy Beckstoffer, Napa Valley Register, December 9, 2003

Shocking idea from Grapegrowers

by Libby Lane, Napa Valley Register, November 19, 1987


Video Archives



San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive



San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive



Photography

Photo sourced from the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund


Photos of KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area news 

sourced from Napa Valley ROOTS










Learn More About the Ag Preserve

Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund

Napa County - The Preservation Celebration