Mike Grgich in CroatiaTurning “Mines to Vines”

In the early 90’s Croatia’s war of independence from Yugoslavia resulted in a bloody and devastating conflict. With the help of Napa Valley’s Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and the U.S State Department, ROP began Mines to Vine’s projects in Croatia in 1999 to remove landmines leftover from the conflict. 10 years after the conclusion of the conflict, thousands of acres of once plentiful land remained contaminated with war munitions, creating a hazardous environment for citizens, and handicapping the economy. Since the projects inception, with the assistance of the U.S. and Croatian governments, over 500,000 square meters of land have been cleared. Farmers who have been unable to work their land due to landmine contamination have begun the process of replanting grapes and rebuilding their livelihoods.

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