Building a Better Future for Marin, Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties

 The NCRC&DC supports sustainability and economic growth through wise and environmentally sound use and conservation of natural and agricultural resources in our 4-county north coast region.  We are a grassroots non-profit organization that brings together people, needs, concerns, opportunities, and solutions.

Learn about the 5% Back Program!

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The NCRC&DC has been busy in 2013 and 2014 working on our "Healthy Bees, Healthy Planet" pollinator protection programs, promoting "Rain Catchers" water recycling efforts, supporting agricultural diversity and entrepreneurship through "Cultivating Commerce" and assisting partners in the production and use of biochar from forest and agricultural biomass sources. We recently have:

-Held 5 workshops across Sonoma and Mendocino Counties promoting the use of pollinatopr habitat plantings including hedgerows.

-started "Bee Patches" plantings with the Boy Scouts on farmlands in the Sonoma Valley

-donated a 1,000 gallon Rain Catchment tank and system to SunRidge Charter Waldorf School

-Worked with SunRidge's 4th grade class on "World Water Day" to educate students about the importance of water conservation methods and ways to conserve water at home.

-Supplied Bee Smart™ curriculum kits to the 3/4 and 4/5 classes at Reach School as part of our "Bee Buddies" Pollinator Habitat Environmental Education program.

-Created a video with the help of students from the SRJC Media Projects class for our "Rain Catchers" program.

-supported our partners in outreach on the use of biochar developed from pyrolysis of agricultural and forest land biomass.

-facilitated the expansion of a vermiculture operation as part of our "Cultivating Commerce" initiative

Take the TourWe are a regional organization serving the four counties of Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. (Take a Tour of our Area). We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and are one of hundreds of RC&DCs across the nation.   RC&DCs were established in the Agriculture Act of 1962 to empower rural people to help themselves. There are twelve authorized RC&DC areas in California, and more information about RC&DCs can be found at

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.

Website design by Lucy Kenyon 2011