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GRAton PEsticides (GRAPE) Research Project

Thank you for attending our community meeting to discuss results of our Graton Pesticides (GraPe) project. The final research reports, slides from the public meeting and a YouTube video of the community meeting are below.

Final Report

Community presentation slideshow

YouTube Video of community meeting

The Graton community has expressed desires for evidence-based advocacy in the following ways:

  • Explore expanding the community-based research study with a second study prioritizing an equity focus on children and farmworkers

  • Continue our campaign to restrict CalTrans' spraying local roadways.

  • Outreach and engagement with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the County Agricultural Commissioner to implement a pilot Notice of Intent to Spray Restricted Pesticides (NOIS) in Sonoma County

  • Promote an education campaign for local farmers to transition to organic farming practices

  • Increase transparency about Sustainable Sonoma and pesticides use 

  • Increase community education focused on ways to reduce exposures (families and farmworkers)

Best Regards,
The Graton Pesticides Research Team

[En Español]

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Sonoma SASS has been honored to lead a community research project in the community of Graton!

Concern emerged in the community of Graton, located in the wine-growing county of Sonoma County, regarding adjacent agricultural pesticide use on vineyards and the community's rate of cancer incidence.

This pilot project is a reconnaissance effort to see whether agricultural pesticides are making their

way into domestic water supplies and ambient air. 

This project established a community-academic partnership that combines relevant scientific expertise along with a local knowledge and participation. It has the potential to inform local policy advocacy efforts, and to foster collaboration with neighbors, farmers, and other entities using pesticides nearby (e.g. Caltrans) to address practices that may be contributing to pollution. 

More information on pesticide use in Graton

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