Giving thanks for the opportunity to attend Climate Week NYC hosted by Nature 4 Climate and The Nature Conservatory.
Lots of amazing projects shared, connections made and new initiatives launched!
News Release from the NRCS official website –
NRCS Announces Urban and Rural Conservation Grants throughout Texas
Bertha Venegas, State Outreach Specialist
Temple, Texas, August 2019 — The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas announces more than $262,000 in grants awarded through the Texas Urban and Rural Conservation Projects (TURCP) to 27 organizations for 32 projects.
NRCS is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the people of Texas to improve and protect their soil, water and other natural resources. For decades, private landowners have voluntarily worked with NRCS specialists to prevent erosion, improve water quality and promote sustainable agriculture.
The TURCP project is an effort to address the challenges communities face in making fresh food accessible to everyone. Created as a grassroots endeavor, this opportunity encourages local organizations to develop strategies to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables and teach urban conservation education through hands-on experiences.
According to Feeding America, 1 in 8 Americans struggles with hunger. In 2015, over 42 million people were food insecure. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. Millions of people are still struggling to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages, rising costs of living, and lack of grocery stores causing food deserts in both urban and rural areas.
To address food deserts and educate urban citizens and youth on the benefits of locally grown fresh produce and greening of the urban landscape, NRCS awarded competitive grants to establish community and pollinator gardens, construct high tunnel systems and rainwater harvesting systems through the Texas NRCS TURCP.
TURCP project grants are available up to $4,000 for a community garden, $3,000 for pollinator gardens, $6,500 for a high tunnel and $5,000 for a rainwater harvesting system.
Those organizations awarded include: North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, IDEA Public Schools, La Joya Independent School District, Frontera Farmers Coalition, South Texas Advancement Resources (two projects), Grow Local South Texas, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (two projects), Northside Independent School District, Rio Grande International Study Center, Harlandale Independent School District, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance, Neighbors in Need of Services, Unified Events, Recipe for Success Foundation, Houston Wilderness, Prairie View A & M (two projects), Landowners Association of Texas, Burkeville Independent School District, National Women in Agriculture Association, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Frazier Revitalization Inc., Tarrant County (two projects), Tarleton State University (two projects), Heart of Texas Community Health Center, Dallas County Hospital District.
Last year, this grant proved to be a huge success seeing functioning gardens, high tunnels, and pollinator gardens helping local organizations to address issues with food deserts and declining pollinator habitat. The NRCS continues to promote urban and rural conservation with the continuation of these projects for a second year.
For more information on the TURCP Projects, please visit the website. Notices for future grant opportunities will be available at grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov
Stay tuned for further updates on our new project to plant a community garden in Texas!
Many thanks to the USDA for supporting this much needed opportunity to provide gardening and healthy activity for a beautiful Brazos Valley!
When you can refill!
Our volunteers had a wonderful time out at Brandywine Bay, Tortola on December 1st! A beach being developed by Disney Cruise lines, the area is in a state of disrepair.
Many thanks again to all the volunteers that lend their time to assist with our fight against excessive waste in the beautiful Caribbean territory.
Hope to see you at the next clean up!
Please join us at one or both of our clean ups this December!!
Looking forward to continuing the momentum!
Thanks again to the 35 volunteers in Anegada, BVI who came out to attend the clean up at Fisherman’s Wharf.
We were able to capture quite a magnitude of marine debris, tires, ropes and galvanized.
Check out our team below!