Our Partners

lodi_rules_logo_0809The Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program is America’s original sustainable viticulture program. LODI RULES is accredited by Protected Harvest, and promotes sustainable management of the entire vineyard ecosystem, including soils and water, business practices, human resources, and pest control with an emphasis on reducing pesticide risk to farm workers, consumers, small aquatic invertebrates, birds, and bees. Each of the 120+ farming practice standards is measurable, auditable, and addresses at least one sustainability aspect (environmental health, social equity, or economic viability). Most LODI RULES winegrowers voluntarily choose to farm sustainably because they believe in the value of the program. Their generational efforts in responsible viticulture are reflected in the high quality of LODI RULES sustainable grapes.

Some quick facts about LODI RULES:

  1. Launched in 2005 after over 10 years of development, LODI RULES was the nation’s first-ever, highly detailed workbook for third party (by Protected Harvest) authenticated sustainable grape growing
  2. In the winegrowing industry, sustainability is considered to be the most effective and meaningful approach to positive-impact viticulture.
  3. Lodi’s sustainable program has made such an impact on the overall agricultural industry that it now serves as the blueprint for similar sustainability programs implemented from coast to coast – from California to New York, Washington to Florida – as well as in Australia.
  4. With close to 46,000 acres of certified “green” vineyards located in no less than 11 California Grape Crush Districts(including Lake CountySonoma CountyNapa ValleySan Francisco BayMontereySan Luis ObispoYolo County, and the Sierra Foothills), LODI RULES remains the country’s largest sustainable organization

For more information about the LODI RULES Sustainable Winegrowing Program, visit lodirules.com.

In May, 2008, FreshSense, the company behind Ripe ‘N Ready peaches, plums and ProtectedHarvPartners_Page_1_Image_0004nectarines, launched Zeal™. Zeal is the first and only tree fruit product certified as sustainable through an independent audit.  Sunwest Fruit Company is the source supplier of Zeal branded stonefruit with over 6,000 acres produced under Protected Harvest standards.

In 2013 Protected Harvest conducted a successful pilot program with Sunwest Fruit Company to certify Cherries under the Stonefruit standards.

Protected Harvest Citrus certified fruit started with the 2008-09 crop year and now has over 5,000 acres of Sunwest Fruit Company citrus and mandarins certified and distributed under the Zeal brand.

Previous Partners:

Fowler Packing was one of the original source suppliers of Zeal branded stonefruit certified under the Protected Harvest standards through 2014.

The Healthy Grown brand for potatoes was launched in 2001 as a collaboration of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, the World Wildlife Fund, Defenders of Wildlife, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Healthy Grown potatoes were the first commercial product to carry the World Wildlife panda logo in the United States.  Almost 6000 acres of Healthy Grown potatoes in Wisconsin were Protected Harvest certified through 2013.

Modern Mushroom Farms, Inc., was  the second largest producer of mushrooms in the U.S., providing mushrooms to SYSCO, Green Giant Fresh (exclusive provider), and retailers throughout the nation. Over 35 acres of mushroom production were Protected Harvest certified in operations on both the East and West Coasts through 2012.  In 2013 Modern Mushroom was bought by another company and is no longer in existence.