2016 Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Recipients

In 2016, the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative was launched by NACD and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to advance conservation in developed or developing areas. NACD and NRCS awarded $2 million in funding to 42 conservation districts across 25 states:

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In May 2018, NACD created a 93-page comprehensive report on these 42 projects, describing future outcomes and lessons learned. Click here to view the report.


Lessons learned:

“Don’t just reach out to the usual groups and volunteers in your community. We had a lot of closed doors early on until we stepped out of the box and started to connect with others who were already doing the work we needed. Made all the difference. People generally want to help out – don’t get discouraged and just keep asking.” – Valerie Vissia, Lincoln County CD, Wash.

“One of my thoughts – drawn from personal experience and from stories I heard at this year’s conference – is a reminder that we can’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Collaboration can be tricky. Real change occurs in fits and starts. Sometimes projects take twice as long as expected. Sometimes partners bail. Sometimes we get halfway to our vision and hit a barrier we can’t overcome. That does not negate the value of our work, nor does it mean we failed.” – Nicole Anderson Ellis, Henricopolis SWCD, Va.

“We always knew hands-on activities and learning in the environment are the best way to learn, but the workshops reiterated the importance of learning by doing. Participants were engaged, curious and energized and had more questions than we had time to ponder together. The use of technology is important in efficient use of limited resources, but there is no substitute for real interactions in the real garden environment!” – Shino Tanikawa, New York City SWCD, N.Y.

AlaskaFairbanks SWCD

AlabamaJefferson County CD

ArkansasPerry County CD

CaliforniaRCD of Greater San Diego County

Riverside-Corona RCD

ColoradoJefferson CD

ConnecticutConnecticut River Coastal CD

Eastern Connecticut CD

FloridaHillsborough SWCD


GeorgiaFlint River SWCD

Oconee River SWCD

IndianaHamilton County SWCD

Marion County SWCD

KentuckyJefferson County SWCD

MaineCumberland County SWCD

MichiganKent CD

MinnesotaRamsey CD

MissouriBoone County SWCD

Greene County SWCD

NevadaCD of Southern Nevada

New HampshireHillsborough County CD

New JerseyHudson-Essex-Passaic SCD

New MexicoValencia SWCD

New YorkNew York City SWCD

North CarolinaDurham County SWCD


OhioCuyahoga SWCD

Lucas SWCD

Muskingum SWCD

PennsylvaniaAllegheny County CD

Blair County CD

Lycoming County CD

Montgomery County CD

South CarolinaGreenville County SWCD

VirginiaHenricopolis SWCD

New River SWCD

WashingtonClark CD

King CD

Lincoln County CD

Pierce CD

Spokane CD

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