Building a Better Future for Marin, Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties
The NCRC&DC is a grassroots non-profit organization that works with youth in environmental education projects and with community members to promote environmentally-sound agriculture practices and protection of natural resources in the region of Marin, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties of the northcoast of California. We maximize our impact by collobarating with other organizations on projects that focus on pollinator habitat protection, water conservation, landfill waste and greenhouse gas reduction, new sustainable farming support, and carbon sequestration projects.
Our programs all involve both on-the-ground change as well as educational outreach to encourage replication of our programs by individuals and other community groups. We build rainwater collection, storage and re-use systems at schools; plant pollinator habitat working with Girl Scouts and other youth in our farms and fields; work with individual agricultural operators to become successful; work with students and encourage schools to divert food waste from landfills through onsite vermiculture (worm) composting to produce rich compost to use at the school, and add biochar to agricultural fields and rangelands to make healthy soils and sequester carbon; and more. These programs all are aimed at supporting healthy, sustainable rural communities in our 4-County region by promoting diverse environmentally sound agriculture and enhancing the availability of local healthy foods.
In 2016, the Council has (1) constructed two water conservation systems in Sonoma County with our "Rain Catchers in Your School" program which provides rooftop rainwater collection and storage systems to a school to allow stored water use during the dry season; (2) planted pollinator habitat in our "Bee Patches" program working with local girl scout troops in West Sonoma County to create and restore new healthy habitat, as well as worked with schools in our "Bee Buddies" elementary school enviroonmental education project collaborating with the School Gardens Project; and (3) deployed eight new school-wide worm bins, and conducted outreach to thirty classrooms on using vermiculture composting in lieu of taking food waste to the landfill in many Sonoma County schools. We have also encouraged the use of biochar for carbon sequestration and soil enrichment in Sonoma County agricultural settings as part of our "Biochar Benefits" program.
Donations support our programs, and are tax deductible. Please consider making a donation today to support our activities aiding the rural communities of the North Coast.