For Immediate Release July 25, 2013
Contact: Thomas Cooper, 707-338-3791 - email@example.com
Apple Roots Group at Paul Hobbs Winery, 3355 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA.
When: Monday, July 29, noon to 2 p.m.
What: Picket to oppose Paul Hobbs’ apple orchard conversion to a chemical vineyard on Watertrough Road in the Sebastopol countryside. This would expose 700 school children--as well as teachers, staff, families, and workers--to known toxic chemicals. A Stop Work order has already been made because of serious damage to the environment. To continue this conversion would further contaminate the nearby stream and environment.
“Paul Hobbs is a vintner of, by and for the wealthy 1%,” said Apple Roots activist Thomas Cooper. “Hobbs is a repeat offender who cuts down trees and damages the environment. Greet the scheduled 1:30 p.m. wine tasters at the gate with a picket.”
Background: CBS evening news, July 23, report from the vineyard--
1) Revoke Watertrough orchard conversion permit. Wrong place for vineyard.
2) Moratorium on new vineyards in Sonoma County.
3) Conventional Vineyards adopt organic or bio-dynamic practices or use Integrated Pest Management countywide. See link: http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/PK/Main/IPM/ipmprogramhome.cfm
4) Review the issue of land use for vineyards at the expense of our water, wildlife, and diverse food agriculture.
Organized by Apple Roots Group