the BIFS project was so valuable that LWWC, funded it for another seven years.
In 1998, we realized that in order to help all LWWC growers learn about the sustainable farming approach, it was necessary to do more than the BIB program.
After considering all of the above as well as other nonwinegrape certification programs, LWWC
decided to create The Lodi Rules program based on the certification model developed by Healthy Grown[R] (healthygrown.
According to LWWC program director Stuart Spencer, whose family owns the Sr.
Since the program was implemented, more than 50% of LWWC growers have begun using the IFP strategies in their vineyards.
For example, LWWC
staff have implemented the Lodi Winegrower's Workbook program by convening small workshops of 5-10 growers at a time, sitting down with them and helping them go through the entire workbook evaluating one of their vineyards.
The combination of these LWWC
efforts, market recognition of the area and the slight shortages of key varietals in coastal production due to replanting makes demand for high quality "fighting" varietals from the area a promising long-term prospect.
Last year, Wines & Vines visited Lodi and LWWC Executive Director Mark Chandler.
Dennis Culver, University of California, is the LWWC IPM coordinator.
has been aggressively establishing their research, education and marketing efforts and setting a foundation for some early grower benefits along with long term pay-backs for better grapes, better wine, better recognition and better prices for area growers.
is a promotion/research commission established by Crush District 11 growers through self-assessment on their grapes sold for crush.