SCGGF is committed to being part of the solution for the affordable housing crisis in Sonoma County. Our goal is for ag employees and their families to have adequate and affordable housing available for both temporary and permanent residents.
- Ortiz Family Plaza: We raised over $100,000 in critical funding needed to support the construction of Ortiz Family Plaza in Santa Rosa. The rent for this 30-unit affordable housing complex for farmer worker families is capped at 30% of the total family income lessening the burden to afford essentials such as food, health care and transportation. Construction for Ortiz Family Plaza has been completed and is currently now accepting applications. To apply, please call 707.526.1155 x4743.
We worked with key partners to better understand and address the health disparities that Sonoma County ag employees and their families face. After hosting a series of roundtable discussions with vineyard employees over the summer, we also learned directly from them on issues that are of most importance to them and their community. This helped us ensure the Foundation’s strategic
SCGGF is dedicated to help make affordable, high quality childcare available to agricultural employees and their children. We are advocates of creating a new affordable childcare model that offers flexible timers and financial credits to ag employees who work hours fluctuate depending throughout the year. We are currently working with established childcare resources and providers to determine the best solution to this dilemma.
Sonoma County provides many opportunities for agricultural workers to advance their education, skill development and careers.
By collaborating with partners on educational programs, our goal is to increase the skill set of ag employees and create leaders in the ag community.
- Vineyard Employee Sustainability Recognition Program: Sustaining a family farm requires love, commitment and hard work. We are proud to recognize the people who help us grow the worlds highest quality grapes. For more information or to nominate an employee, please visit (include link to full page)
- Provided funding for an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for adults. This program also provided childcare/homework time for the children and a network and education for the parents.
Our vision for education is to increase, inspire and develop the next generation of farmers and ag employees in Sonoma County. To achieve this goal, we aim to provide ag education support and resources for teachers and their students.
- Teacher Externship Program: In partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education and the Sonoma County Career Technical Education Foundation, we recently piloted a Teacher Externship program. Teachers from two Sonoma County high schools participated in ag education outside the classroom for a week long deep dive into Sonoma County agriculture. The overall goal of the program was to give the teachers a broad overview of Sonoma County agriculture, immerse them in the history, value and challenges of ag so they have a deeper understanding and appreciation. From this, they will develop an ag based curriculum and one of the schools plans on planting a vineyard. This experience will help them write the curriculum their students will learn from. This program is a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight Sonoma County agriculture and educate teachers in hopes of developing the next generation of Sonoma County farmers.
- Little Library Project: In collaboration with United Way of Wine Country and the Sonoma County Career Technical Education Foundation, we funded Little Free Libraries in Sonoma County. Little Free Libraries provide 24/7 access to books where books are scarce. Especially during the summer months, Little Free Libraries are an excellent resource for local families and children. These libraries were placed in targeted agricultural worker family communities (Ortiz Plaza in Larkfield and La Luz in Sonoma Valley) to support family literacy and education.