Area residents can soon sip, paint and socialize in support of local farmland during an upcoming fundraiser event.
On June 6, officials from the California Farmland Trust — Charlotte Mitchell, executive director, and Melanee Cottrill, associate director — will make a toast and dip their paint brushes with local attendees during the Wine Stems Paint & Sip for a Cause event, to be held at Hannah Nicole Vineyard from 6-9 p.m.
“The painting will be led by Lindsey from Pinot’s Palette,” said Cottrill. She is a lot of fun. The painting is suitable for anyone; no prior painting experience is needed. Once attendees are checked in, they’ll be seated and given their supplies to paint. Lindsey will then walk everyone through the painting step-by-step.”
Funds raised from the event will go directly toward efforts supporting the conservation of area farmlands led by the California Farmland Trust, formed last April as a successor to the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust. Upon its formation, the trust developed a mission to help farmers “protect the best farmland in the world,” a claim substantiated by figures that showcase the U.S. as one of the top four food-producing countries in the world, with California ranking well above the other 49 states for many fruits, nuts and grains, according to Investopedia.
“All proceeds will benefit farmland protection throughout the Central Valley,” said Cottrill. “We work to ensure that our farmland remains farmland and is not developed … Over the years, we have protected 1,340 acres of farmland on 11 farms surrounding Brentwood.”
The trust’s latest efforts in the Brentwood area have also revolved around nurturing a love of agriculture in young students by sponsoring field trips for area schools to First Generation Farmers, through its “Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm” program.
“The need to protect vital farmland that is producing our world’s food supply and contributes to the state’s economy with over $50 billion annually in farm gate sales of agricultural goods, is paramount,” said Mitchell. “Our work in 2019 is promising, as we work with family farmers who want to protect the best farmland in the world. We hope the community will join us to protect the farms that feed their families.”
Cottrill further noted the host winery happens to sit on one of the trust’s protected farmlands, meaning it will never become a strip of tract homes, and will forever retain its agricultural heritage.
“We are very excited to be able to hold the event on a protected property and demonstrate the permanent results of our work,” Cottrill said. “We look forward to hosting the Brentwood community, and appreciate their support in the effort to protect the farmland that gives Brentwood food, a clear view of Mount Diablo, and many environmental benefits like wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration.”
Tickets for the paint night also include one glass of wine and appetizers, and guests are encouraged to dress comfortably, as it will be an outdoor event.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit cafarmtrust.org/events.