Our organization is at time of change, which is fitting since change-making is what we are all about! The NCRC&DC is transitioning to Conservation Works, a new name that in only two words captures the essence of who we are and what we do:
This homepage of the North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council will remain as we must keep our long name for government grant, tax, and other purposes, but our new site at www.conservationworksnc.org will be the most up to date, and content on this site will gradually diminish.
Conservation Works (aka 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 addresses fire resiliency for our communities and also promotes new businesses or value-added business opportunities for existing companies to help make our economic future 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.