The Sonoma County Winegrowers, SRJC Ag and Natural Resources Department and Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation are partnering to present the 14th Annual Sustainable Winegrowing Field Day on Friday, August 8, 2014. The event will be held at SRJC’s Shone Farm located at 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville. Registration check-in and CEU sign-up begins at 7:30am with the presentations from 7:55am-2:30pm.
Register online by August 4, at www.sonomawinegrape.org/fieldday
This year’s Field Day agenda includes: Red Blotch Disease Update by Dr. Mysore Sudarshana, USDA-ARS Research Biologist; Dr. Eric Mussen of UCCE on Colony Collapse Disorder and BMPs for growers; Sue Ostrom of the Ag Commissioner’s office on PRESCRIBE: Endangered Species and Pesticides – What You Need to Know; a session on nursery plant material quality control; Michael Saqui on being a sustainable employer of choice; social equity and being a good neighbor. Laura Breyer will lead a discussion on recognizing high-quality nursery plant material from potentially diseased material. Proper quality control for growers to prevent pest introductions.
There will be a break with agency tables. Sonoma County wines will be available for purchase by the glass. Proceeds fund educational workshops and materials in Spanish for vineyard workers here in Sonoma County.
Three hours of DPR Continuing Education Units have been granted for including one hour of Laws & Regs. For questions about the event, contact Karen at 707-522-5862 or [email protected].
For more information, call Karen at 707-522-5862 or by e-mail to [email protected].
The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), announced on January 15, 2014, that Sonoma County is committed to becoming the nation’s first 100% sustainable wine region through a three-phased program to be completed within the next five years. Although many of the region’s multigenerational wine growers and winemakers have been practicing sustainable farming techniques and winemaking practices for decades, the unprecedented industry involvement demonstrates their seriousness and commitment to ensuring all vineyards and wineries across Sonoma County will soon be sustainable. This commitment by a wine region is a remarkable collaboration of the 1,800 growers, 650 wineries, and 16 AVAs in Sonoma County working toward one goal – ensuring that the land stays preserved in agriculture, their community of neighbors and workers are treated with respect, and their business endures, providing positive economic impact to Sonoma County.