CanDo CanGrow had its beginning at the 2013 Napa Food Day, when some Napa Valley CanDo volunteers and members of Napa County Master Gardeners realized that our Napa Valley Food Banks are in need of more fresh produce. In 2014, on land donated by the Napa Community Garden, a core group of 5-6 volunteers grew and donated 1,533 pounds of fresh summer vegetables for the Emergency Food Pantry on Yajome Street. Now in its second year, that Food Bank garden is even larger and is being ably tended by students from Napa County Office of Education schools and a committed group of CanDo volunteers. Our next step is to encourage other gardeners—whether their garden is at home, at school, or at their place of work—to “Plant One For The Food Bank.” Several wineries, schools, and places of business have already accepted the challenge. Won’t you be next? For more information, click here.
Working together and sharing knowledge is part of the wine industry culture, and sustainability in vineyard operations and wine making is nothing new. Napa Valley wineries are responding to the growing awareness and demand for sustainability from consumers, which has created new challenges and opportunities. To read more about sustainable practices in the wine industry throughout Napa and beyond, click here.
The Organic Seed Alliance invites you to help shape their upcoming conference by providing proposals for content. This is your opportunity to share important research and ask timely questions related to organic seed. The conference will be held February 4-6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR, and brings together diverse members of the organic seed community for two days of presentations and networking events focused solely on organic seed. Proposals for presentations, workshops, posters, panels, and roundtables are welcome. Expand your seed knowledge and skills, hear the latest in scientific research, and discover new resources and tools that help you breed, grow, and sell more seed. Together we are changing our food system one seed at a time. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas that strengthen the organic seed community – it’s the only event of its kind! For more information, click here.