Regenerative Agriculture

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. 

  1. Parks & Recreation

    Physical Address
    Administrative Offices
    4005 Kipling Street
    Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

    Phone: : 303-231-1300

Regenerate Wheat Ridge in 2022

The Regenerate Wheat Ridge program, a partnership between the Parks and Recreation Department and the Jefferson Conservation District and funded by a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts, continues in 2022! 

There will be a series of 8 workshops in 2022, all FREE to the public and welcome for all ages. Each workshop will run from 8:30-9:30am, with coffee & pastries and a meet and greet with workshop hosts from 8-8:30am. 

The work being done by the department provides many resources to residents and landowners interested in getting involved in regenerative agriculture practices. View the full Technical Assistance Guide for Growing Urban Agriculture Partnerships here (PDF).

Event Date Location Registration Link Workshop Resources
Kiss the Ground Movie Virtual Watch Party 3/9 Virtual Register here  
Start With Soils 4/13 Happiness Gardens
Ammons & W. 43rd
Register here.  Start with Soils Handout.(PDF)
The Perfect Match: Native Plants and Regenerative Ag 5/11 Happiness Gardens
Ammons & W. 43rd
Register here Native Plants & Regenerative Ag Handout (PDF)
Putting It All Together: Regenerative Farming Showcase 6/8 Happiness Gardens
Ammons & W. 43rd
Register here Living Soil Handout (PDF)
Goats and Restorative Grazing 7/13 Lewis Meadows
Swadley & W. 34th
Register here Goats & Restorative Grazing (PDF)
Peek Into a Bee’s Life 8/10 Happiness Gardens
Ammons & W. 43rd
Register here Peek into a Bee's Life (PDF)
Seed Collecting + Saving 9/14 Happiness Gardens
Ammons & W. 43rd
Register here. Seed Collecting + Saving (PDF)
Tree Planting + Overwintering 10/12 TBD Register here Tree Planting + Overwintering (PDF)

2021 Recap

Thank you to everyone who attend any of the 5 free workshops offered throughout the summer and fall of 2021! Feel free to download the workshop resources below so you can catch up on anything you may have missed! 

We also hosted a wonderful Harvest Festival on October 16th, 2021 at Anderson Park Pavilion with live music, food trucks, seed swaps, raffles, Q&A's with local farmers and more! 

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2021 Community Events

Event  Date Location Workshop Resources
Start With Soils 6/23 Happiness Gardens 
Ammons & W. 43rd
Start With Soils Handout (PDF)
Why Goats? 7/14 Lewis Meadows
Swadley & W. 34th
Why Goats Handout (PDF) 
Pollinators and Bee-yond 8/18 Happiness Gardens
Ammons & W. 43rd
Pollinators & Bee-Yond Handout (PDF)
Build Your Sustainable Garden Ecosystem 9/15 Happiness Gardens
Ammons & W. 43rd
Build Your Sustainable Garden Ecosystem (PDF)
Planning for Beneficial Bugs 10/6 Happiness Gardens
Ammons & W. 43rd
Planning for Beneficial Bugs Handout (PDF)

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.

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