Building a Better Future for Marin, Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties
The NCRC&DC is a grassroots non-profit organization that promotes local community sustainability through encouraging 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, 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 in our farms and fields; work with individual agricultural operators to become successful; 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 will be focussing on (1) water conservation projects in Sonoma and Marin Counties 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) pollinator habitat protection and restoration in our "Bee Patches" program working with local girl scout troops in West Sonoma County to plant new habitat, as well as our "Bee Buddies" elementary school enviroonmental education project collaborating with the School Gardens Project; and (3) use of biochar for carbon sequestration and soil enrichment in Sonoma County agricultural settings as part of our "Biochar Benefits" program.
We recently have:
-planted six "Bee Patches" with Girl Scouts on farmlands in the Sonoma Valley--find out more at our special website http://www.beepatches.org This year in 2016 we will be planting patches in west Sonoma County!
-built a complete rooftop rain water collection and storage "Rain Catchers" system at Anderson Valley Elementary School and in early 2016 are installing two more school systems in Sonoma County!
-expanded Rain Catchers outreach to homeowners with small rain barrels. http://www.raincatchers.info
-Supplied Bee Smart™ curriculum kits several elementary classes in Sonoma County 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 a Tour of our Area and some of the projects.
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.