Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation

Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation

What They Do:

Support and promote Napa Valley’s vineyard workers through education and professional development. Reach almost 3,000 farmworkers and their families each year, providing top quality educational programs, leadership and management courses, Día de la Familia, summer mentor programs, advanced viticulture seminars, and more. The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation was the first of its kind in the United States.

The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation has reached over 12,000 Napa County vineyard workers and their families in just five short years. The Foundation provides critical support and the tools workers need to become successful leaders and vineyard workers, and to help them play a bigger role in the Napa Valley wine industry and the community at large.


The Farmworker Foundation gave me the opportunity to learn for myself. It went beyond going to school to improve at work. It became about improving my life and my family. I got tired of asking people if they spoke Spanish - I had to start learning English. This has provided me with a better quality life. I want to keep learning.

~ Silvia Ortiz, Lewis Cellars, an Advanced Level English Literacy Program graduate

Business Partners:




  1. Claudia Colantuoni
  2. Cindy Bannister
  3. Jennifer Byram
  4. Katy Howard
  5. Erica Pickett
  6. Maryellen Vander Sluis in honor of Matthew Vander Sluis
  7. Meryll Gobler
  8. Joan Harris
  9. Anonymous
  10. Diane and Peter Dexter
  11. Carol Nelsen
  12. Julia Winiarski
  13. Wyman Smith
  14. Carlos Danti
  15. Cathy Corison
  16. Alvin Tanabe
  17. Anonymous in honor of Farm Workers displaced by fires.
  18. Rebecca Barlow
  19. Natalie Griffin
  20. Anonymous
  21. Terry Wunderlich in honor of Bill Reilly
  22. Steve and Janell Bradley
  23. Anonymous
  24. Anonymous
  25. ZD Wines on behalf of Brian deLeuze
  26. Betty Labastida
  27. Liz Marks
  28. frances knapczyk
  29. Anonymous in honor of Phil and Kandie Bender
  30. Teresa Reynolds
  31. Anonymous
  32. Jemma Williams
  33. Anonymous
  34. Warren and Barbara Stone
  35. Judi Kannon
  36. Amy Borge
  37. Nancy Fireman
  38. Denise Flaherty
  39. Bruce Ketron and Debra Inman
  40. Anonymous
  41. Beth Painter
  42. Colleen May
  43. Penny Pawl
  44. Michael Borck
  45. jacqueline jackson
  46. Nancy Fireman in honor of the Give!Guide raising $1,000,000 for local nonprofits!
  47. Carol Frizzell and Don Spirlock in honor of Jim Phillips
  48. Diana Griffin
  49. Karen Garcia
  50. Anonymous
  51. Il Posto Trattoria in honor of Dine & Donate
  52. Michelle Antonio
  53. Sam and Joan Fromowitz
  54. Rodger Adams
  55. Emily Schmidt
  56. Cathy Adams
  57. Anonymous
  58. Carol Glaser
  59. John Lansingh
  60. damian may in honor of Paul May
  61. Anonymous
  62. Anonymous
  63. sBarbara Miller
  64. Hilary Zunin
  65. Nancy Fireman
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