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At the end of the first year, LWWC offered me a staff job.
Under the agreement, LWWC will own and operate the wastewater system.
"Ten Years of LWWC's Biologically Integrated Farming System Program" demonstrates that in that period, the growers reduced their environmental impact from pesticides to nearly the same, negligible level of impact as that of certified-organic vineyards.
Participants included winegrape and orchard growers, the LWWC, the Sierra Club, East Bay Municipal Utility District (East Bay MUD), Natural Resources Conservation Service, the City of Lodi and others.
The farmers' investment in the LWWC has opened doors for Lodi brands.
LWWC created The Lodi Rules program primarily as a way to differentiate and add value to Lodi wines in the marketplace, and to add a higher level of credibility to its sustainable winegrowing program.
The PEAS model makes the calculations based on toxicity data from national databases, as well as on pesticide use patterns in Lodi obtained from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's Pesticide Use Data for San Joaquin and Sacramento counties and from LWWC's Biologically Integrated Farming System database.
Now we also have the Lake County growers with a commission of their own, and an agenda similar to that of LWWC. Me thinks these are great developments and should add luster to California wines and the state.
Lodi leads the state in production of the top five premium varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Zinfandel) and according to LWWC statistics, Lodi's production accounts for more than 20% of the state total of premium winegrapes--more than Napa and Sonoma combined.
The first five chapters of the workbook (Viticulture, Soil Management, Water Management, Pest Management, and Wine Quality) have been adapted from LWWC's Lodi Winegrower's Workbook.
Last year, Wines & Vines visited Lodi and LWWC Executive Director Mark Chandler.
One measure of this increased awareness is the recent establishment of a district wide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program by the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission (LWWC).
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