I spoke to my family's passion for agriculture and our reliance on ag to make a living. I included information from the 2011 sonoma county crop report and how the wine grape growers need to be increasing the acreage of organically grown grapes... (of the over 60,000 acres of wine grapes in Sonoma county only 678 are organic!)
I am a member of the watertrough children's alliance, my daughter attends orchard view school which is located on the twin hills union campus. We have asked to landowner (Paul Hobbs winery) to go above and beyond what is currently required of him because to the proximity of this site to 700 school children and the history of chemical use on this conventional apple orchard. This is a problem... we should not have to be at the mercy of a good neighbor negotiation... this should be regulated.
A number of concerned parents and citizens attended the Public Comment Period today at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. We all expressed concerns and problems with the Watertrough Orchard Conversion planned by the Paul Hobbs Winery Lp. I took my almost 3 minutes with my 6 year old son standing next me. My comments covered the following:
I raised two specific concerns about the planned conversion to a vineyard
One-the danger of DDT Laden dust stirred up by the destruction of the orchard drifting on to the surrounding school grounds, places where children eat their lunch and the neighborhood. I stat-ed it does not matter how much dust abatement is done by Hobbs the dust will travel.
Two-Use of toxic herbicide and pesticide on the vineyard and dangers of drift of these toxins onto school grounds, where children eat their lunches and the neighborhood.
I closed by stating that many parents and concerned