The Napa County Farm Bureau celebrated its centennial this month with two back-to-back sold-out events.
On Aug. 2, the bureau, in partnership with the American Farmland Trust, hosted a Farmland Preservation Conference, titled “Farmland Protection: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” at Embassy Suites Napa Valley. The conference focused on providing successful models and solutions to farmland loss in California.
Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, delivered a keynote address to open the day’s program. More than 200 attendees gathered to explore solutions to the nation’s threat of farmland loss and a destabilized food system. The program included a lunch program with John Laird, secretary of the state Natural Resources Agency, discussing farmland conservation opportunities and challenges, and a post-event wine reception.
On Aug. 3, the Napa County Farm Bureau hosted its 100th annual dinner meeting: the Centennial, at Robert Mondavi Winery. The sold-out dinner event was attended by 350 guests and included a wine reception and silent auction in the To Kalon cellar, a live auction, a farm-to-table dinner in the vineyard and starlight dancing to Nashville’s Lucas Hoge and his band.
The Farm Bureau honored historic farming families at the event, paying tribute to Napa County families that have been farming for 100 or more years. Fifty-two Napa County families were acknowledged for their long-term commitment to agriculture and their love of the land. The nonprofit trade organization was formed in Napa County in 1913.