SANTA ROSA, Calif. (November 15, 2021) – With its acknowledged objective to protect the legacy of agriculture in Sonoma County, the Women Gaining an Edge (WG Edge), a neighborhood management improvement program geared toward strengthening the area’s agricultural workforce, introduced at present that it’ll make a grant to the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation to administer this system.
WG Edge was created by Judy Jordan, previously of J Vineyards and Winery and founding father of Geodesy Wine, with the objective of advancing the subsequent technology of ladies leaders in agriculture and wine. Core tenets of this system embody scholarships for girls learning ag at SRJC, internship alternatives via enterprise leaders, and connectivity to a community of ladies leaders in the native wine and ag group who advise and open doorways for the recipients on their profession paths.
“We are excited because WG Edge and the Grape Growers Foundation are aligned in our missions to be a champion for and strengthen our agricultural workforce, who are critical to sustaining farming in Sonoma County,” stated Jordan. She added, “Working together to build future leaders we believe will amplify the positive impact on our ag community.”
Supporting the subsequent technology in Sonoma County is vital to the well being of Sonoma County’s workforce. As with many areas in the nation, in latest years, Sonoma County has skilled a notable lack of youthful members of the workforce who’ve moved to larger cities and different states in search of higher alternatives. If Sonoma County can present a pool of expert expertise, there can be certified individuals who can assume management positions and assist protect domestically owned firms and ranches.
To handle this problem, WG Edge was established with an enormous imaginative and prescient and objective to carry up younger girls in ag and encompass them with assist. The program has been very profitable with 85% of the individuals gaining internships throughout their first yr in this system and program “graduates” occurring to four-year universities.
“We are thrilled and honored to work with Judy, her team, and WG Edge on this important program to support younger women aspiring to work in agriculture and to participate in their development as local leaders,” stated Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers and the manager director of the Sonoma County Grape Grower Foundation. She added, “I have personally been part of the WG Edge mentor network over the past two years and have seen firsthand the value of supporting the next generation of women to reach their full potential. We recently surveyed nearly 1,000 vineyard workers in Sonoma County and learned that 90% of them would recommend agriculture to their family and friends. Now with the WG Edge program grant, we are able to create more opportunities for families to thrive and preserve our agricultural legacy in Sonoma County.”
About the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation:
The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation (SCGGF) was first established in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) group to assist fund instructional workshops in Spanish for agricultural workers. Relaunched in January of 2016, SCGGF is concentrated on bettering the lives of Sonoma County’s agricultural workers and their households, whereas guaranteeing Sonoma County stays a spot the place agricultural employees will proceed to reside, work, and thrive. An essential mission of the inspiration is to make sure the long-term viability of Sonoma County agriculture and assist the subsequent technology of the Ag workforce. The Foundation is managed by the Sonoma County Winegrowers with an 18-member board of administrators comprised of agricultural leaders, winery and vineyard homeowners, and Sonoma County group leaders.