BILL SWINDELL THE PRESS DEMOCRAT May 5, 2019
For four years, Judy Jordan has been working on her next act.
During that time, many of her friends and fellow colleagues from the North Coast wine world kept asking about the next chapter for Jordan, the 57-year-old Sonoma County resident who sold her beloved J Vineyards and Winery in March 2015 to E. & J. Gallo Winery.
And she kept them waiting and waiting. But there is a good reason that her Geodesy Wine company has taken so long to come to fruition. It’s much more than a boutique winery that offers premium chardonnay and pinot noir that starts around $75 a bottle. It’s also part of a philanthropic endeavor with an ambitious aim to transform the lives of young local women whose families work in agriculture.
“The charity grows up side by side (with the winery),” Jordan said in an interview. “Let’s see if we can put our focus of the mentorship program at the center and build the winery and the team and the expertise around that.”
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GUY KOVNER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT September 1, 2019
On a plateau above the Russian River Valley near Forestville, about 1,000 bushy green plants that look exactly like marijuana are flourishing between two rows of corn about 6 feet tall.
Come mid-October, the mature plants will have doubled in height, matching the corn and yielding about 3,000 pounds of flowers and leaves worth up to $75,000.
A Santa Rosa Junior College agriculture instructor and two of his students worked on a sunny afternoon last week, trimming the spiky-leafed plants and spraying them with organic fertilizer in the midst of a sprawling garden, orchard and vineyard surrounded by a 6-foot fence under 24-hour camera surveillance.
Nothing was amiss.
SRJC, which has trained students to grow wine grapes since the 1970s, said it is the first and only community college in California to establish a hemp cultivation curriculum and plant hemp. The college put seedlings in the heavily composted soil at its 365-acre Shone Farm on July 12.
August 26, 2019, Santa Rosa, CA—The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Agriculture Department is developing a new Hemp Agriculture program that will train students in the cultivation of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.), with a goal of launching the program in fall 2020. SRJC is the first community college in California to develop a certificate and degree program focused on hemp.
Beginning spring 2020, students can take hemp-focused courses within the existing SRJC Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture programs. Courses include Introduction to Plant Science, Soil and Plant Nutrition, Integrated Pest Management, Organic Crop Planning and Production, and several other courses that will be included in the new Hemp Agriculture certificate and degree.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Written By: Janet Durkin, Program Director, Wild Goat Foundation
On July 12, at Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College and the Wild Goat Foundation launched the WG Edge scholarship program. This program provides significant scholarship support for four local young women to study agriculture at SRJC, and connects them with a “village” of teachers, mentors, and internship sponsors who can guide, inspire, and open doors for them.
WG Edge was created out of gratitude to the local agricultural community by Judy Jordan, formerly of J Vineyards and Winery and founder of Geodesy Wine, with the goal of advancing the next generation. A core tenet of the program is that connectivity is key to increasing participants’ confidence, career mobility and community impact.
The collaboration with SRJC emerged from talks between Judy Jordan and Benjamin Goldstein, Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, out of a mutual desire to support local students studying agriculture and to meet a growing demand for training in precision agriculture and agricultural technology.
(Tuesday, May 7, 2019 — Santa Rosa, CA) — Judy Jordan, Kathryn Lindstrom, and their experienced team are embarking on a new project by offering a limited collection of wines that fully supports the Wild Goat Edge program, all inspired by gratitude to their agricultural community.
“My next chapter, after selling J Vineyards & Winery in 2015, was always going to be about continuing the legacy of values established and shared with my children,” says Judy Jordan. “Geodesy Wine was founded with the sole purpose of advancing young women from our agricultural community. We connect young women with teachers, mentors, and internship sponsors who will guide, support, and empower them through our Wild Goat Edge Program.”