Biz Buzz: Vineyard team wins honor for pest work

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored the Central Coast Vineyard Team for its pest management work.

The team was awarded the agency’s Sustained Excellence in Integrated Pest Management Award for its Sustainability in Practice program. The program uses integrated management techniques to minimize the use of pesticides in vineyards.

Some of the goals of the program are the elimination of organophosphates, reducing the use of pesticides to manage ground cover, and the integration of sustainable practices throughout the vineyard.

The goal of all of these programs is to reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and encourage management strategies that prevent pollution.

Founded in 1995, the Paso Robles-based Central Coast Vineyard Team joined the EPA’s pesticide environmental stewardship program in 2002, and represents more than 60,000 acres of vineyards in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties.

— David Sneed

Downtown holiday winners announced

The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association design committee recently chose winners among 18 entries for its annual holiday window decorating contest, which is held to showcase the pride and efforts of downtown businesses.

Hands Gallery won Best in Show. Other winners and corresponding categories included: Paper Sky for whimsical design; The Sock Drawer for traditional design; Kevin Main Jewelry for contemporary design; Kwirkworld for twisted traditional design; Cal Poly Downtown for demonstration of the Cheers … Around Downtown theme; and California Blonde with an honorable mention whimsical design.

— Julia Hickey

Cal Poly selling student cheeses

The Cal Poly Creamery is selling a variety of student-made cheeses for the holidays.

Students work closely throughout the year with dairy science professor Nana Farkye and creamery manager Jerry Mattas to create, package, market and ship the cheeses, which include goudas, cheddars, jack and San Luis Lace.

Orders are being taken through Saturday at or 756-6644.

The Cal Poly Creamery has been making dairy products for the Central Coast since 1903.

— Julia Hickey