The National Association of Conservation Districts announced $1 million in urban agriculture conservation funding for 21 conservation districts across 13 states.
“Conservation districts are at the forefront of urban natural resources projects, educating our communities and helping to expand their access to clean water and fresh produce,” said NACD President Tim Palmer.
Among the grant projects:
- In New York, the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District will partner with Warrensburg Community Gardens to construct raised beds in order to demonstrate soil health best management practices and will host workshops on soil health BMPs, including no-till, cover crops, mulching and nutrient management.
- The Genesee Conservation District in Flint, Michigan will operate a market garden, convene local food system partners, repurpose vacant lots, develop community forestry and conservation outreach materials, and maintain their Urbanwood tree reutilization program.
- The Pierce Conservation District in Washington State will create an urban agriculture site and traditional medicine garden. This will create access to healthy food in a neighborhood with limited options, as well as access to traditional medicines and knowledge about using these plants.
- The Boone County SWCD in Missouri will build its capacity to support and sustain urban agriculture technical assistance, activities, outreach, promotions and conservation practice education and implementation in central Missouri through the creation of a new urban ag specialist position.
To view the full list of grant recipients and project descriptions, visit NACD’s 2020 Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant recipients webpage.
NACD and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service first partnered through the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016 to support technical assistance activities in developed or developing areas.
NACD and NRCS issued grants in 2016, 2017 and 2019, and including this week's announcement, have awarded more than $5 million for 102 grants across 34 states. This round of funding marks the first year where previous grant recipients were eligible to apply for funding for new projects.