The Salmon-Safe Soapbox
Friday, August 20, 2010
You may have seen the words "Salmon Safe" on the wine list at your favorite restaurant. It's an earth-friendly practice that seems to be catching on in the Northwest and the Walla Walla Valley. According to the Salmon-Safe website, it says it "helps vineyards protect and restore salmon habitat by planting trees on streams, growing cover crops to control run-off, and apply natural methods to control weeds and pests." In Walla Walla, some growers have started Vinea, a trust of growers using salmon safe and sustainable practices.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Uncorking a bottle of wine can elicit merriment, boost heart health, and even relieve stress. But one program brings another benefit to pouring a glass of vino — helping out struggling salmon populations. The Salmon-Safe certification program is taking off in America's Northwest and the Walla Walla Valley, regions famous for their cool-climate grape varietals like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. More than 220 vineyards in Oregon and Washington earned Salmon-Safe certification so far, and the interest continues to grow as fast as the grapes themselves.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Fresh from internet TV's BeerTap comes the most hilarious take yet on Salmon-Safe certification and what it means. BeerTap reviews Green Lakes Organic Ale from the Deschutes Brewery, the first beer sourced from Salmon-Safe hops grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Here at Salmon-Safe, our mantra is "Drink like a fish. Salmon need clean water and so do you." Here's the link to watch it.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Broadcast on the big screen by the Seattle Mariners in their victorious home game against the Minnesota Twins, this is the acclaimed Stewardship Partners film production featuring our Seattle-area Salmon-Safe farms and vineyards. Stewardship Partners produced the spot with a Seattle-based creative team including artist Peter Orr. Since then, Sal the Salmon has been on the road in Oregon and Washington, appearing at farm celebrations and other events.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Reducing carbon emissions, improving vineyard practices, reviewing water use—these are just some of the achievements and ambitions of Northwest wineries in 2010… One of the biggest moves came this week, with Chateau Ste. Michelle's announcement that its prize Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge vineyards had obtained certification through the Salmon-Safe Inc. and Low-Input Viticulture and Enology Inc. certification programs. Together, the two vineyards represent 1,368 acres of Columbia Valley vineyards—more than one-third of the winery's acreage in the state. "Those sites are much larger than our typical Willamette Valley vineyard site, which tends to be 50 acres or so,” Dan Kent, managing director of Portland-based Salmon-Safe Inc., told Wines & Vines. While the organization is no stranger to Washington state, it’s primarily been active in the Walla Walla Valley... Read the article.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Indie Hops' shiny new $2 million hop-pelletizing plant in Hubbard is the most tangible evidence of CEO Jim Solberg's belief that it's time for the American craft brewers to move out of the shadow of the giants... It's also partnered with two prominent Oregon growers, Goschie Farms and Coleman Farms, which supply Indie Hops with certified Salmon-Safe, sustainably grown hops and -- beginning with the 2012 harvest of 20 acres at Goschie's -- certified organic hops. Hops are prey to an array of pests and blights, and growing them organically is hard work indeed. Read the story...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Consumers who need guidance deciphering all the seals, certifications, and claims on food packaging can find some answers in Mother Earth Network's Food Label Guide. The guide notes that Salmon-Safe farms keep rivers clean for native salmon to thrive through practices such as limiting pesticides and that certification is backed by a third-party audit... Read the article
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Ellen Southard, Salmon-Safe Seattle evangelist, will join Washington Department of Ecology’s Vicki Colgan to introduce new Salmon-Safe programs focused on ecological site design and development at the Sustainable Cities training in Bellevue.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Cork ReHarvest is a startup environmental nonprofit that spun off from the pioneering sustainability program at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Cork ReHarvest is focused on protecting and sustaining the high biodiversity cork forests of the Mediterranean region while working with the wine industry to build North American markets for recycled natural cork. I'm so enthusiastic about Cork ReHarvest that I've just joined its founding board.