Regenerative Agriculture Programming
Regenerate Wheat Ridge: Urban Agriculture Partnerships
The Jefferson Conservation District (JCD) and the City of Wheat Ridge (COWR) in Jefferson County, Colorado, have been awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant for their collaborative agricultural project through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to boost technical capacity nationwide.
JCD is one of 20 conservation districts across 14 states to receive funding. NACD and NRCS established the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016 to help conservation districts and their partners provide much-needed technical assistance for community-oriented agricultural projects in both urban and rural contexts.
Regenerative agriculture is a broad framework of farming, grazing, and growing practices that help rebuild soil organic matter and restore degraded soil diversity.
The project will increase regenerative urban agricultural production in Wheat Ridge by identifying eligible parcels of land and providing technical assistance to facilitate at least two local landowner-producer partnerships.
It will also connect residents with Happiness Community Gardens through FREE educational events to increase awareness of regenerative urban agriculture.
2021 Community Events
All workshops will be held from 8:30am-9:30am, with coffee + snacks meet and greets from 8am-8:30am.
For each event attended, participants will be entered into a raffle for local nursery gift cards and Parks and Recreation prizes! The raffle will be held at the Harvest Festival on October 16th, 2021.
Please RSVP via the Workshop Registration Links!
|Start With Soils||6/23||Happiness Gardens||Register Here|
|Why Goats?||7/14||Lewis Meadows||Register Here|
|Pollinators and Bee-yond||8/18||Happiness Gardens||Register Here|
|Build Your Sustainable Garden Ecosystem||9/15||Happiness Gardens||Register Here|
|Planning for Beneficial Bugs||10/6||Happiness Gardens||Register Here|
Jefferson Conservation District (JCD) utilizes an educational, incentives-based approach as opposed to a regulatory approach in working with landowners, cooperators and partners in implementing Federal and State conservation programs. Along with forest restoration, JCD has grown to include specialization in noxious weed management and urban agriculture. Our energetic staff find implementing real and meaningful conservation projects a rewarding profession. Jefferson Conservation District has four areas of focus: Forestry, Noxious Weeds, Urban Agriculture and Native Seed Sales.
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices.