Worried that future politicians might not always have what’s best for agriculture in the Napa Valley in mind, local voters enacted Measure J in 1990.
One need only look to neighboring valleys once dominated by agriculture to understand the value of our Agricultural Preserve in protecting our quality of life.
Napa Ag Preserve “Founding Father” Jack Davies was once famously quoted “This county does not deserve to be treated like a used car lot,” at an early public hearing.
Measure A, an initiative limiting the population growth in the unincorporated county areas to 1% per year, passed in 1980, helping ensure an agrarian future in the Napa Valley.
Napa County’s agricultural preserve might not have happened if it weren’t for the watchdog efforts of then-Napa County Assessor George Abate.
Jack and Jamie Davies: two of our valley’s earliest second wave vintners to not only recognize the value of this land for winegrowing, but to act towards protecting it.