Tour of the LangeTwins Winery & Vineyard

Last week, the Sustainable Conservation team trekked over to Lodi to tour the LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards. Run by twin brothers Brad and Randy, this winery and vineyard was the first recipient of the California Leopold Conservation Award, which Sustainable Conservation has co-sponsored since 2006.

They began their land stewardship practices more than 25 years ago with the restoration of 12 acres of land cleared by their grandfather in the 1930s. Since then, they have led four more habitat restoration efforts, including the restoration of 25 acres of former farmland into a native savannah-type ecosystem.

This fifth-generation winery’s conservation efforts include installing nesting boxes for birds and bats, cultivating native grasses and trees and using photovoltaic systems to help reduce greenhouse gases and operating costs. They also use specialized sprayers that reduce fungicide use by up to 50% and cut the amount of water required per application ten-fold.

Know a landowner like LangeTwins who should be recognized for their conservation efforts and outstanding land stewardship? Then make sure to nominate them for the 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award. Nominations must be postmarked July 11th. Find more information and the nomination form here:

And make sure to check-out our album of photos (below) chronicling the Sustainable Conservation team’s tour through the LangeTwins Winery & Vineyard!

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