NAPA, CA (December 29, 2020) – In light of this year’s challenges, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) and the Napa Valley Farmers Foundation (FWF) have maintained their focus and commitment to supporting the community in difficult times.
In 2020, the organisations provided important information and resources to winegrowers, vineyard managers, winegrowers and their families. NVG and FWF together:
- A COVID-19 working group was set up to run a multimedia campaign in several countries, including a daily PSA campaign on Univision and Azteca, a 4-month digital poster campaign and the Cuidándonos the COVID-19 podcast with the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation to raise awareness of the health and safety of COVID-19.
- Distribution of 2,500 COVID-19 health and safety kits to farm and vineyard crews; the kits include a personal thermometer, a bottle of thermal water, a cotton bandana, a bottle of hand disinfectant, safety goggles and anti-fog spray, a shoulder bag and a factsheet on safety protocols in the workplace.
- The company from St. Helena visited the vineyards and gave access to the tasting sessions to 200 winemakers per day.
- Provide four months of free child care for the farm workers’ children through the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Napa Valley; the program covers all expenses and provides meals and distance learning support for the children.
- Distribution of 15,000 reusable cloth masks and 25,000 N95 masks to winegrowers in the Napa Valley.
- Provide a bilingual library of timely resources, training materials and webinars to inform the community about the dissemination of COWID-19.
As a result of our work, millions of farming families have access to bilingual information about VIDOC-19 security.
While the exciting news about vaccines is coming our way, we know that there is still a lot of work to do to bring our society to the other side of the pandemic. Under Napa County’s new Residency Ordinance, agriculture will remain the primary industry, allowing the vineyards to continue to function. The resources provided by NVGs and FWFs also change as the situation evolves. This includes updates to the COVID-19 safety protocol recently published by NVG & FWF, which provides the farming community with the most comprehensive industry standards during the pandemic to give priority to the health and safety of wine growers. Winter work will resume in January. As a result, NVG and FWF are focused on providing Napa County winemakers and vineyard managers with safety protocols to return to work, tools to strengthen best safety practices to reduce the transmission of viruses, ORP safe rest to avoid non-essential travel and meetings, payroll employees to promote health and safety, and timely webinars on updates to the state and California safety regulations.
NVG and FWF are looking forward to the new year and plan to do even more, expand their educational efforts and continue to serve as a guide for the winegrowers and farming communities in the Napa Valley.
For more information on the NVG’s and FWF’s response to COVID-19 2020, see the Annual Report 2020 or visit www.napagrowers.org.
For press inquiries regarding the response of NVG and VID-19 FWF, please send an e-mail [protected by e-mail].
About Napa Valley Grape Growers
NVG is a not-for-profit business organisation that has been helping to strengthen Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class wine region for 45 years. Its mission is to preserve and promote world-class vineyards in the Napa Valley. NVG represents 685 Napa County winemakers and related companies.
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About the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation
The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation was founded in 2011 by the Napa Valley winemakers and is dedicated to supporting and promoting Napa Valley winemakers through education and professional development. The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is the only foundation of its kind in the United States offering educational opportunities, professional development programs, leadership and management courses, English language programs and much more. To date, the Vineyard Fund has offered education and training opportunities to more than 21,000 winegrowers and their families.
Visit the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and follow their activities on Facebook and Instagram.
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