Why We STOMP!
Eeehaw! The 15th annual Harvest STOMP A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!
There are many, many reasons we STOMP, not the least of which is the funds you raise on this one-night each year fuel the crucial advocation, education, and preservation for our industry that makes an impact now and into the future.
When we hosted our first STOMP in 2008, we knew it would be a barn raiser, but year after year, it’s exceeded our expectations. This year was no exception, from a caviar and sparkling wine start to a taco truck and dancing finish, with lots of heartfelt sentiment, a shiny space craft and the cutest puppy ever, 2022 Harvest STOMP was more than just a fundraiser, it was a fun-raiser. And more than just fun—the outpouring of support from our community highlights the necessity of our work on climate resiliency, water adaptability, and fire prevention and mitigation.
We could not be more grateful to all of you, who contributed to the success of STOMP.
What a night! Here are a few of our favorite photos!
Want to join us at STOMP next year? Become a sponsor. Click here for more information.
STOMP Funds at Work
Last year, was also a banner year for STOMP and one of the benefits was that we were able to set aside funds for an emergency—a first for us as a non-profit. That emergency happened this summer.
We learned at the last minute that funding was needed for monitoring the three wildfire-detection sensors installed on on Atlas Peak, Clover Flat, and Diamond Mountain by Napa County last year. The monitoring had been paid for by private organizations in the beginning of the 2022 fire season, but we in August it was brought to our attention that the funding had run out. We were able to step in, and using funds raised at last year’s Harvest STOMP, pay for the sensors’ monitoring for the month of September rather than let them sit unwatched.
Then on Monday, September 5, 2022, as temperatures soared to record highs, the sensors were the first to identify a fire in the eastern hills between Oakville and Yountville. Cal Fire was immediately notified and was able to extinguish the fire quickly, avoiding what could have been a catastrophic event.
Later that week, we received reports of three more fire detections picked up by the sensors and kept under control within the same 24-hour period.
The cost of the fire-detection sensor monitoring was more than $30,000 per month, which will increase next year. This is a relatively low cost compared to the loss of 3,000-plus structures and destruction of nearly 700,000 acres from the region’s wildfires of the last five years.
Thanks to the generosity of our STOMP donors, not only were we able to fund the sensor monitors this year we were able to work with industry and community partners to ensure detection through the entire 2022 fire season—a benefit to everyone who works and lives in Napa County.
The Ag Pass
Advocating on behalf of our members and industry, on topics ranging from insurance to safety, comprises a lot of the work that we are able to do thanks to your support. Our end goal is always to serve our community as a whole. One example is the Ag Pass.
In an effort to be prepared in advance of potential disasters including fire, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers has worked with the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office to develop a streamlined process for issuing Ag Passes.
Avoiding a “business-as-usual” attitude, this program now includes a safety training program to ensure users better understand and minimize fire risks, while enabling work to continue and protecting livelihoods.
Ag Passes are designed for eligible commercial agricultural producers who may need to conduct essential agricultural activities during a disaster.
This critical program was key to maintaining the viability of farming operations during the recent wildfires. The County, working with the NVG, is among the first counties in California to implement a unique plan that creates additional oversight to allow for the safe movement of people during a disaster.
Learn more about the Ag Pass
NVG In the News
Napa Valley Grapegrowers to receive climate change funding
Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency will be allocated to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers for climate change education. Read more
San Francisco Chronicle
Napa industry groups are spending nearly $100,000 to get through wildfire season
As California enters the height of fire season, Napa wine and hospitality groups have joined forces in an effort to stop blazes from getting out of control. Read more
Fire Resources Fair Takes Place in St. Helena
Property owners seeking to better protect land, homes and wineries from wildfires came to St. Helena Thursday to connect with vendors and ask questions. Read more
Big Names and Big Bottles for Napa Auction | Wine-Searcher News & Features
Another week, another Napa auction – but this one is different from the usual high-end offering. Read more
Napa's 2022 Harvest Stomp Auction Raises $3.3 Million for Charity
The event celebrated its 15th year with record support for farmer education and vineyard preservation. Read more
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (Federal Tax ID #82-2012860) is a 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations received are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.