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“This agricultural community seems to foster the close personal and professional relationships I feel fortunate to have developed during my many years of living in Napa Valley. We truly work together and help one another, and I believe this valley is unique in this regard.”

Mary Weber Novak

Our family moved to St. Helena in 1972 when the town was still a sleepy, agricultural community, and Main Street boasted four auto parts stores and a Sears store. There was no fine dining, no historic museums or tasting rooms, and very little traffic! We attended the local public school and rode our bikes all over town. Over the years, St. Helena has grown from a small, rural town into a vibrant, cultural destination, and through it all, we have enjoyed contributing to its success. Spottswoode assists numerous organizations, especially those that benefit children and the environment.

We enthusiastically endorse and encourage others to support the following organizations.

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena
Land Trust of Napa Valley
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Napa County Resource Conservation District
St. Helena Pubic Schools Foundation
The Yosemite Fund

creek restoration

“Spottswoode should be proud of their efforts toward spearheading this project, and the neighbors and organizations with whom they worked should all be commended. This project will certainly serve as a model for other communities that are concerned with their natural environment.”

Evan Engber, Bioengineering Associates

Spring Creek Restoration

The successful effort to restore Spring Creek, a plan initiated by Spottswoode in 2000, is an inspiring example of how communities can work together to restore and sustain ecological balance. Spring Creek courses down from the mountains above St. Helena and flows through the community before intersecting Sulphur Creek, where it then continues into the Napa River and San Francisco Bay. Spottswoode president Beth Novak Milliken asked Evan Engber of Bioengineering Associates, well known for his pioneering work in river and stream restoration, to study the creek and draft a plan. Spottswoode then began the long process of developing partnerships with governmental agencies as well as neighbors. The progress is tangible—creek banks that were at risk are now shored up using woven willow walls; rock weirs, placed in the bottom of the creek, encourage sediment to collect and reestablish the bed. The project serves as an ideal model for other communities interested in protecting their natural resources.

1% For The Planet

1% For The Planet was launched in 2001 by Yvon Chouinard, environmental activist and founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies. Astute and visionary businessmen, Chouinard and Mathews believe passionately that the health of the environment is integral to human and business health. They created this association in an effort to bring other like-minded businesses in to help solve our environmental crisis and build successful companies at the same time. Spottswoode is honored to support this farsighted group. For more information, please visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.

Appellation St. Helena

St. Helena has been an integral part of Napa Valley grape growing and wine making for over 130 years, and we feel fortunate to be located within this special appellation. Not only is St. Helena an appealing and thriving community, but the distinctiveness of its terroir was recognized in 1995 when it was granted appellation status. A number of years ago, a group of us established Appellation St. Helena—an organization originally founded in 1875 and called the “St. Helena Viticultural Society”—to define and bring attention to this worthy appellation.

Many prominent wineries made St. Helena their home in Napa Valley’s early days, including Beringer, Charles Krug, Louis Martini, Christian Brothers, Sutter Home…the list goes on. And there are a number of pre-Prohibition wineries located in our appellation, Spottswoode being among them. This community truly was a focal point when wineries were first being established in the valley.

If you are interested in learning more about the St. Helena appellation or would like to join our organization, please visit www.appellationsthelena.org.

community

“This agricultural community seems to foster the close personal and professional relationships I feel fortunate to have developed during my many years of living in Napa Valley. We truly work together and help one another, and I believe this valley is unique in this regard.”

Mary Weber Novak

We enthusiastically endorse and encourage others to support the following organizations.

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena
Land Trust of Napa Valley
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Napa County Resource Conservation District
St. Helena Pubic Schools Foundation
The Yosemite Fund

creek restoration

“Spottswoode should be proud of their efforts toward spearheading this project, and the neighbors and organizations with whom they worked should all be commended. This project will certainly serve as a model for other communities that are concerned with their natural environment.”

Evan Engber, Bioengineering Associates

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