Welcome 2021 UAC Grantee Placer Resource Conservation District

The Placer Resource Conservation District in California has been awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to boost technical capacity nationwide.

Placer RCD is among the 20 conservation districts across 14 states who received funding in 2021. NACD and NRCS established the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016 to help conservation districts and their partners provide much-needed technical assistance for community-oriented agricultural projects in both urban and rural contexts. This is the fifth round of funding awarded by NACD and NRCS, with grants to date totaling $5.6 million for 122 projects across 35 states.

With their grant, and in partnership with local stakeholders, Placer RCD’s Urban Ag Program will provide on-site and virtual technical assistance, improve access to fresh food, and develop outreach and educational initiatives with thoughtful, relationship-focused and conservation-centered initiatives within Placer County, California.

“With this grant, we’ll have the ability to foster the promise of conservation – that everyone can participate in it, especially those who want to start or have a backyard or balcony vegetable garden, community garden or small urban farm,” Placer RCD Outreach and Grants Specialist Andrew Justus Fritz said. “We’ll also be able to develop initiatives that can make fresh food more accessible to under-serviced communities, and we are excited to work with the public and partners to make this possible.”

To learn more about the UAC Grant program and its grantees, view NACD’s urban and community webpage.

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