Cambria Estate Winery, the seminal winery in Santa Maria Valley known for its single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, today announced the launch of its ‘Stewards of the Land’ environmental sustainability grant program in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF). LDF has worked on environmental issues globally for the past 20 years and pulled from their broad network of leaders and organizations in the space to nominate the women for this new grant program.
The Cambria ‘Stewards of the Land’ grant program identifies and empowers female leaders who are making meaningful contributions to environmental and community-based causes. In partnership with LDF, Cambria Estate Winery’s co-proprietors Julia Jackson and Katie Jackson selected two recipients who will each receive a $25,000 grant to further their mission as Stewards of the Land. The inaugural grant recipients, Calla Rose Ostrander and the Women’s Empowerment Program of Amazon Frontlines, were selected for their demonstrated commitment to environmental conservation and excellent stewardship of our natural resources, in California and around the globe, respectively.
Calla Rose Ostrander is an activist and organizer in the environmental movement with a focus on advancing carbon farming, compost production, and climate beneficial material economies in California. She brings together philanthropists, government leaders and businesspeople to build new climate-beneficial social and economic structures. Calla Rose is currently working to scale the healthy soils movement from California to the rest of the United States, with collaborators such as John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project and the philanthropist Jena King.
The Women’s Empowerment Program of Amazon Frontlines aims to support indigenous women and strengthen indigenous families through the formation of community-led enterprises and women’s associations that focus on income-generating socio-agricultural projects, as well as the recovery of plant medicines and traditional healing systems. Amazon Frontlines, with the support of Ceibo Alliance, provides women across dozens of indigenous communities the support they need to become leaders, advocates and entrepreneurs, creating sustainable economic alternatives for their families and communities.
Throughout its history, Cambria Estate Winery has taken serious, continuous steps to preserve and protect the land, take care of its employees, and support the local community. Every aspect of the winery’s operations, from the cellar to the estate vineyard, practices sustainable farming and winemaking techniques. This includes planting over 5,500 trees on the estate and working in partnership with resource agencies on habitat restoration and endangered species protection. In the cellar, the winery recycles its process water for reuse as vineyard and landscape irrigation. The winery also has a 504kW photovoltaic (PV) solar array which helps reduce Cambria’s carbon footprint by offsetting 52% of the winery’s annual electricity use from onsite renewable power. These efforts have resulted in Cambria Estate Winery completing its sustainability certification through Sustainable in Practice (SIP) and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. To further demonstrate the winery’s commitment to sustainability, a selection of Cambria’s wines will showcase the California Certified Sustainable logo starting with the release of its 2017 vintage releases.
You can learn more about Cambria’s Stewards of the Land program and its partnership with LDF here >