Only Farmers Can Change Farming

Article originally published in Innovation Forum on April 11, 2019.
By Chris Wille

Only farmers can change farming

There’s no substitute to working closely with farmers on-the-ground for real and effective transformation in agriculture, says Chris Wille

Many well-intended companies will not meet their 2020 zero-deforestation targets. The cattle agreement and soy moratorium in Brazil, which were already porous,

Why half of LODI RULES sustainable vineyards are now located outside of Lodi

By Randy Caparoso. See original story here.

View of Vino Farms’ Grand Vin Lands – a showcase LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing vineyard – through one of its meticulously cultivated, bio-diverse insectories
Lodi is known for its heritage Zinfandel and, increasingly, its huge diversity of grapes and wines (over 100 commercially grown varieties, by recent count). Where else in California

Pyramid Flowers Achieves BloomCheck Certification

Story originally published here.
Pyramid Flowers Achieves BloomCheck Certification
For Fred Van Wingerden and Pyramid Flowers, receiving BloomCheck certification was validation of the company’s longtime sustainable practices.
Meeting BloomCheck’s rigorous certification standards didn’t mean a whole lot of changes at Pyramid Flowers’ operation in Oxnard, California, where it grows a variety of cut flowers on nearly 100 acres

Sutton Ferneries Awarded BloomCheck Certification

Story originally published here.
For Sutton Ferneries, BloomCheck certification was a chance to complete the sustainability path the company had been on for a few years.
And it fit CEO Michele Sutton’s vision for how the company should be run.

The team at Sutton Ferneries worked together to align the company operations and production into alignment with BloomCheck

Mellano & Co Achieves BloomCheck Certification

Originally published here.
Mellano & Company, a prominent presence on the landscape of California flower farming for more than 90 years, has recently achieved their BloomCheck certification for their sustainable practices on their farm in northern San Diego County.

Mellano & Company recently received their BloomCheck Certification, recognizing their farm for their commitment to sustainable flower and

Albertsons Companies Welcomes BloomCheck Certification

Albertsons Companies Welcomes BloomCheck Certification
Story originally published here.
Albertsons recently added the BloomCheck certification program to its list of approved sustainability certification programs used to certify the plants, flowers and greens sold through their Debi Lilly line of floral products. BloomCheck provides retailers and their customers with a third-party certification that assures that farms are not

Lodi ‘Newcomers’ Making Their Mark at Klinker Brick

Originally published by Bob Highfill on October 2, 2018 at http://www.lodiwine.com/blog/Lodi

Joseph Smith, left, and Chris Rivera comprise the winemaking team at Klinker Brick Winery.
Joseph Smith and Chris Rivera are the winemaking team at Lodi’s renowned Klinker Brick Winery.
Smith hails from the Caribbean nation of Belize, while Rivera’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Michoacán, Mexico.
Smith has been Klinker

Holman Cellars pays homage to Lodi vineyards with natural style wines

Originally published on October 4, 2018 by Randy Caparoso at http://www.lodiwine.com/blog/Holman-Cellars-pays-homage-to-Lodi-vineyards-with-natural-style-wines
As wineries go, the Napa based Holman Cellars is definitely small-fry – only about 1,200 cases a year, which is probably just right for owner/winemaker Jason Holman, who labors as a 1-man team. And because Mr. Holman is all about, as he puts it, “unique things,” at least 60% of

THE RED BORDEAUX GRAPES OF LODI

Originally published by Randy Caparoso on October 1, 2018 at https://www.lodigrowers.com/varietal-focus-sauvignon-blanc/
Cabernet Sauvignon has been the most popular varietal red wine in the American wine industry for longer than anyone can remember. Most certainly, it has been #1 ever since the days when sales of varietal wines began to overtake generic wines (such as “Burgundy” and “Chablis”) some time during the