Partnerships That Make a Difference: Wells Fargo & Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation
The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is honored to announce an exciting partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation and would like to thank them for their generous financial commitment to two important 2022 programs.
We are grateful for this opportunity and for Wells Fargo’s historic support of our organization and the Napa Valley farmworker community.
Napa, CA (May 6, 2022) – The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, in partnership with Napa Valley Adult Education and their Workplace Training Institute, proudly announce the graduation of 27 students from the 2022 English Literacy Program. Now celebrating its 9th graduating class, the success of the 13-week English Literacy Program is in part due to the curriculum, which assists farmworkers with English and communication skills for the workplace. The program offers a beginner and intermediate track, helping students to develop and improve everything from listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to grammar and pronunciation – all using workplace vocabulary; since the launch of the program, 778 students have participated.
Take advantage of these valuable Spanish presentations from leaders in our industry
Improve your understanding of vineyard budgets:
Build personal financial skills:
Other recordings in the personal financial skill series include Personal Budgeting, Assessing Credit, and Navigating the American Retirement System.
The Farmworker Foundation Financial Literacy Series is made possible by a USDA 2501 Grant
Ag Health Benefits Alliance (AHBA) Scholarship Program - Now Accepting Applications
Through March 25, Ag Health Benefits Alliance is accepting scholarship applications through the AHBA Educational Foundation. The scholarships are available to current AHBA group health program participants and their children or grandchildren under age 25.
In 2022, recipients will be awarded with up to $5,000 toward an educational opportunity of their choosing - from vocational and trade school to undergraduate or graduate school in a field of their choice.
The scholarship application is available in English and Spanish, and for all information on how to apply, please visit the AHBA website.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Napa County Pruning Contest is almost of drinking age, having just celebrated its 20th year on Saturday at Beringer Vineyards’ Gamble Ranch.
Put on each year by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and Napa Valley Grapegrowers, the pruning contest is a way for the organizations to recognize the valley’s talented vineyard crews.
This year’s winners came from Renteria Vineyard Management and Joseph Phelps Vineyards, with Erika López taking the women’s title and Casimiro Zaragoza for the men, respectively.
Those who came in second, third, and fourth also were awarded, with Atlas Vineyard Management’s Agustín Arias, St. Supery’s Hector Rodríguez, and Walsh Vineyards Management’s Lorenzo Hernández Aquino winning in the men’s category. Verónica Medina Reyes from Bayview — who won first place in the 2019 competition, Ana Mejia from Trefethen, and Rosa Martínez from Bettinelli Vineyards were honored in the women’s contest.
2022 Job Satisfaction Survey
Gain valuable insights to support a sustainable vineyard workforce.
The Farmworker Foundation and NVG have partnered with the University of California Cooperative Extension on a farmworker job satisfaction survey to improve the well-being of farmworkers by promoting equitable working conditions.
The survey is a complimentary piece to NVG's Wages & Benefits survey and allows employees to anonymously assess their work environment, providing valuable data for employers to improve work conditions with targeted strategies. This valuable data can help employers:
Participating employers will receive results for their company, as well as aggregate results for all participating companies.
There is so much going on in our personal and professional lives right now. We want to make it easy for you to get a quick digest of what the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) and Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) are doing for you this winter.
How FWF is Working to Support Farmworkers This Winter:
How NVG is Working for Members This Winter:
Winter Coat Drive
Don't have a coat to donate? Make an online donation to support the purchase of a winter coat.
Fields of Opportunity Developing the Next Generation for the Napa Valley Wine Industry
The Patrick Foley Fields of Opportunity Summer Mentor Program was created by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) to prepare Napa County high school students for careers in our world class wine industry. During the 8-week program, students gain first-class industry experience and develop professional skills in hospitality, wine production, grape growing, human resources, and accounting, with some of the world’s most forward-thinking wine producers.
Through the FWF and NVG’s ongoing partnership with the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD), the program is promoted to high school students from a range of backgrounds. To apply, students must be 16 years or older, able to commit to an 8-week program, have interest in learning about a career in the wine industry, and a positive attitude and willingness to learn new skills. All applicants are put through an interview process, with priority extending to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. When selected, students are placed with an employer mentor, and receive a soft skill workshop schedule covering topics, such as: financial literacy; mental health; resume writing; professional networking on social media; history of the Napa Valley; leadership stories and lessons; and goal setting.
Montserrat Granados, a student from the 2021 graduating class, said about her Fields of Opportunity experience, "I liked working outside, especially in the mornings. We did things like collect sugar samples or scouted for pests. Before this summer, I wasn't thinking about a job in this field, but now after working at Hall Wines under viticulturist Sarah Lansing, I am considering working in the wine industry.” For Montserrat, the program left a lasting impression.
The large number of qualified applicants is a positive challenge; creating opportunity for more employer mentors to get involved. In 2021, for example, FWF and NVG initially planned to place 16 students with employer mentors. When 80 student applications were received, additional outreach was made to employers; in the end, 23 students were placed, all of whom completed the program.
In 2022, the organizations hope to double student placements with support from new employer mentors who want to impact a young life by introducing them to the wine industry and sharing their passion for the field.
Past employers included many of Napa’s most recognized wineries and vineyard management companies such as: Foley Family Wines; Hall Wines; Hudson Ranch, Jericho Canyon Vineyards; Larkmead Vineyards; Napa Wine Company; Opus One; Pine Ridge Vineyards; Renteria Vineyard Management; Tres Sabores; V. Sattui Winery; Viader Vineyards & Winery; Walsh Vineyards Management; and Yount Mill Vineyards.
“Over the past 4 years, Napa Wine Company and Yount Mill Vineyards have thoroughly enjoyed supporting the Fields of Opportunity program through mentorship. We feel it is crucial to support the next generation because they represent the future of our local community,” said Kendall Hoxsey-Onysko, business manager for Napa Wine Company and Yount Mill Vineyards. “It goes both ways, though, through mentorship we learn how to continually hone our management skills, which reinvigorates our love for the business itself.”
The Patrick Foley Fields of Opportunity Summer Mentor Program has begun outreach to employer mentors for the 2022 program, which will be held June 20 - August 12. If you are interested in joining as an employer mentor, learn more here or email Jill Durfee, Farmworker Foundation Program Manager, at email@example.com.
For press inquiries related to the Patrick Foley Fields of Opportunity Summer Mentor Program, please email Caroline Keller, NVG Marketing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Alvarez, Cal /OSHA Outreach Trainer, reviews night work safety requirements in this new 20 minute video. The video is available in both English and Spanish and includes an explanation of the night work standards issued July 1, 2020, illumination levels required for different tasks, and a description of how to use the Extech LT40 Light Meter.
Michael Álvarez, capacitador de Cal /OSHA, da un repaso a los requisitos de seguridad en el trabajo nocturno en este nuevo video de 20 minutos. El video está disponible en inglés y español e incluye una explicación de las normas de trabajo nocturno emitidas el 1 de julio de 2020, los niveles de iluminación requeridos para las diferentes tareas y una descripción de cómo utilizar el medidor de luz LT40 de Extech.