This Thursday and Friday, March 1--2, Napa Valley Grapegrowers hosts the fifth annual Farmworker Education Workshop, held this year at Starmont winery south of Napa.

This unique two-day workshop builds employment capabilities and skills for both supervisors and field crews. The workshop features seminars in the classroom and hands-on sessions in the vineyard and is taught entirely in Spanish.

“This year’s line-up is collectively the best program we have ever assembled. I am really excited for our company’s workforce to participate in the event, as I am confident it will elevate the skill sets of everyone who attends”, said Arnulfo Solorio of Silverado Farming Company and chairman of the NVG Farmworker Education Fund Committee.

Presentations will be given by industry leaders on topics including:Developing Leadership Skills to Sustain a Positive WorkforcePest and Disease IdentificationInjury and Illness Prevention -- Top 5 Things You Must KnowEquipment Maintenance and SafetyHandling, Mixing and MeasuringWeed Control and Identification

The first two employees of all Napa County grapegrowers will be paid for by the NVG Farmworker Education Fund. The NVG Farmworker Education Fund supports Napa County vineyard workers and their families through educational programs, community resources, and charitable giving. For more information, please visit www.napagrowers.org or phone (707) 944.8311.

All vineyard workers are welcome; regardless of workplace or region. The workshop is in session from 12:30-5 pm both days at Starmont: 1541 Stanley Lane in Napa.