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OUR STORY : Joe Martin Day

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Founder Joe Martin (1934-2015) spent his life giving back to others. Much of his time and resources were used to strengthen and support his beloved Sonoma County community. Joe was dedicated to creating a brighter future for younger generations through service, education, and protecting our beautiful environment. It was with this in mind that we began Joe Martin Day, a company-wide day of service helping others in our community.

Each year, on a Tuesday in June (To honor Joe’s June 19th birthday) St. Francis Winery closes all operations for the entire day so that all of our employees can devote a full workday on-site at a local non-profit or charitable organization in Sonoma County. We spend several months organizing Joe Martin Day so that St. Francis employees can provide a day of proactive and meaningful work to help strengthen our community. Each year our efforts focus on a different cause.

2019 Joe Martin Day Charity Work

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In 2019 we selected two organizations as our Joe Martin Day beneficiaries, The Pony Express and the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

The Pony Express is a community-based organization that utilizes horses as teaching aids, healers, and agents of change to create life skills and leadership opportunities for local youth.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California from Sonoma County to the Oregon border. They respond to the immediate needs of people seeking help through the provision of healthy food and nutrition education.

Differences Made

The Pony Express

  • Painted Barn Exterior
  • Installation of new culvert & bridge
  • Installation of electrical & water lines
  • Riding ring refurbishment
  • Tack Room upgrade & Saddle/Harness storage
  • Teaching Area upgrade
  • Grounds Clean-up & Landscaping assistance

Redwood Empire Food Bank

  • 3,936 pounds of bread were boxed for our distribution sites
  • 3,245 pounds of produce were bagged
  • Equivalent to 8,617 meals for our neighbors in need

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