California Inspired Sustainability: Winter Squash Soup Recipe, with Yogurt and Bee Pollen


| 12/24/2018 10:39:00 AM


Winter Squash Soup from SHED

What pairs well with this tasty Squash Soup from SHED, a community-focused food enterprise in Healdsburg, California? A glass of 2014 Porter Creek Viognier wine and an inspiring lesson in sustainability, as Sonoma County leads the nation in cultivating a collective movement of area winemakers and farmers to steward the land and foster a healthy environment for future generations. 

This Healdsburg story reminds us that changing the word starts in our home community, driven by local leaders thinking beyond their own bottom line and, most importantly, regularly sharing soup together.

I was treated to the opportunity to experience these flavors of SHED and connect with the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a group of family farmers working to produce high quality grapes that are the foundation for their world class wines, during a recent trip to Healdsburg with my husband-photographer John Ivanko. What struck us most, beyond the amazing flavors of what was on the dining table, was the buzzing community vibe and leadership committed to sustainability.

Launching in 2014, Sonoma County Winegrowers has been on a mission to become the nation’s first 100% certified sustainable wine region, embracing the intersection of conservation and business by recognizing the community itself needs a healthy environment to grow the best grapes that make the world class wines.



“We really wanted to put a stake in the ground and bring Sonoma County into the global dialogue of what sustainability looks like and what our future can be,” shares Karissa Kruse, President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, an organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. “At our heart, we are an agricultural region and community of small-scale farmers. Approximately eighty percent of our farms are under 100 acres and twenty percent are under 20 acres and we grow sixty-six different varietals of grapes.” 



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