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


 The NCRC&DC is a grassroots non-profit organization with a mission to perform environmental education and action with youth and our community that involves on-the-ground change and makes a real difference in pollinator protection, water conservation, climate change, and healthy sustainable communities in our rural north coast (Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties).

Our programs include Bee Patches (beepatches.org) that plants pollinator habitat with the Girl Scouts, Rain Catchers (raincatchers.info) that builds rooftop rainwater collection and storage systems at schools, Worm Wizards of Waste (wormwizards.org) that turns school food scrap garbage into compost, and Cultivating Commerce (cultivatingcommerce.org) that helps startup companies be successful and sustainable. Our programs all rely on making simple changes that cumulatively make for big impact.

We advocate for change to promote fair, just, and sustainable communities, and preserve and enhance the quality of life for all of our residents into the future. We maximize our impact by collaborating with other organizations on projects that focus on education, pollinator habitat protection, water conservation, landfill waste and greenhouse gas reduction, new sustainable farming support, and carbon sequestration projects. We emphasize multi-generational family involvement in our projects, and encourage community connection to the lands around them.

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 youth in our farms and fields; work with individual agricultural operators to become successful; support community members working individually or as a group to foster positive change in line with our mission; 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; add biochar to agricultural fields and rangelands to make healthy soils and sequester carbon; and much more. These programs all are aimed at supporting healthy, sustainable communities in our 4-County region by promoting (1) diverse environmentally sound agriculture, (2) new entrepreneurship strategies including but not limited to enhancing the availability of local healthy foods, and (3) promoting learning-based opportunities for our residents.

This past year, the Council expanded our "Worm Wizards of Waste" educational program for composting school food waste in lieu of disposing to the landfill into schools in Mendocino and Lake Counties for the first time. We targeted under-served communities for this expansion. We also continued our "Rain Catchers in Your School" program by presenting a STEAM curricula in the spring of 2018 in a school in Sebastopol which had a rooftop rainwater collection and re-use system. This innovative science-and-art program, the "Rain Catchers Early Reader" project, worked with the school to have the fourth graders learn the hydrologic cycle then illustrate their knowledge with facilitated artwork lessons. We are currently planting eleven new bee patches in Sonoma County, targeting fire damaged areas from the 2017 wildfires. In addition, we had the opportunity to further help our fire-damaged communities by serving as the 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, without charge, for the fire-destroyed Mark West Pre School. With our fiscal sponsorship and event support at a spaghetti feed-and-auction fundraiser on January 6th, 2018, we were able to help the Re-Build Mark West Pre School group raise over $50,000—all of which goes to the fire recovery pre-school rebuilding campaign in its entirety. Our small part-time staff volunteered many hours of their time to help make this event a success.

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 staff at the NCRC&DC 2018