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LandSmart

LandSmart® is a regional collaborative program that helps land managers meet their natural resource management goals while supporting productive lands and thriving streams. LandSmart® was developed by the Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD), Napa County RCD, Mendocino County RCD and Gold Ridge RCD in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), land managers, and environmental agencies. For more information: http://landsmart.org

Napa County Resource Conservation District

The Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) was formed in 1945. It is a “Special District,” a legal subdivision of the state, organized under Division 9 of the California Public Resources Code. Examples of other independent, special districts are Park and Open Space Districts, Mosquito Abatement Districts, and Flood Control and Water Conservation Districts. For more information: http://naparcd.org

Sonoma Resource Conversation District

The Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD) is a local non-regulatory organization whose mission is to promote responsible natural resource management through voluntary community stewardship and technical assistance. Since 1946, the RCD has facilitated natural resource conservation through community involvement, education, technical expertise and scientific research. The RCD is committed to utilizing voluntary, cooperative and scientifically sound methods to ensure that the natural resources of the watersheds within the District are sustained, conserved, restored and protected within a landscape of productive agriculture, growing cities, and wild lands. For more information: http://sonomarcd.org

Russian Riverkeeper

Russian Riverkeeper actively pursues conservation and protection of the River’s mainstem, tributaries and watershed through public education, citizen action, scientific research and advocacy. Russian Riverkeeper works towards this through by reviewing issues that could affect the health of the River, organizing River cleanups/ restoration projects at Riverkeeper Stewardship Park, and informing the community about how everyday activities that can harm the rivers health. The Russian River is 110 miles long with headwaters North of Ukiah, near Willits, that flow southward to Forestville where it runs West and empties into the Pacific at Jenner. Today the Russian River provides water to over 600,000 residents. More Information At: http://russianriverkeeper.org

Sonoma Land Trust

For 30 years, the Sonoma Land Trust has been a vehicle for people with passion, persistence and a love of the land to come together to protect forever one of the most beautiful counties in America. Sonoma Land Trust works to conserves the scenic, natural, agricultural and open land of Sonoma County by developing long term land protection strategies, Acquiring land and conservation easements, Stewardship including the restoration of conservation properties, and by promoting a sense of place and a land ethic through activities, education and outreach. Since it was founded in 1976, Sonoma Land Trust has protected more than 50,000 acres of productive and environmentally significant land in and around Sonoma County. For More Information: https://www.sonomalandtrust.org

California Native Plant Society

California Native Plant Society works to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plant - dedicated to the preservation of California native flora. CNPS chapter’s activities are organized at the chapter level where local members can directly influence programs and projects to meet varied interests and needs. Many chapters engage in weed eradication, conservation projects, rare plant monitoring, plant community sampling, speaker programs, and educational outreach. CNPS was formed in 1965 in the east bay region, today CNSP host’s nearly 10,000 members through their five statewide programs and 34 regional chapters. More information at: http://www.cnps.org

Larkfield Community Garden

The Larkfield community garden aims to raise awareness of the practices and methods of local market farming, while also offering students and members of the local community an opportunity to understand how organic food is grown. The Larkfield Community Garden Project operates as an outdoor classroom, facilitated by Farmers, in collaboration with Community Soil Foundation’s Garden Coordinator, and faculty from Mark West Union School District, focusing on natural resource protection and environmental education in the realm of small-scale organic farming and habitat protection. The Larkfield Community Garden is a demonstration garden that is intended to teach and show residents how to grow food organic food in Sonoma County. More information: http://www.communitysoil.com/pages/larkfield-community-garden/

Food for Thought

At Food For Thought they believe in healing with food and love- to nourish and serve our community by providing healthy food and compassion to people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. Food For Thought services are confidential and are provided to clients at no cost, FFT provides weekly groceries and fresh produce; vitamins and nutritional supplements; nutritional counseling; organic gardening project; cooking and nutrition classes; recipes and nutritional updates, and occasional social gatherings. Food For Though offers a unique grocery store-style set-up providing produce harvested from their organic gardening located on site. More information at: http://fftfoodbank.org

Sonoma County Water Agency

Created as a special district in 1949 by the California Legislature to provide flood protection and water supply services, legislation enacted in 1995 added treatment and waste disposal. The Water Agency serves Cotati, Marin Municipal Water District, North Marin Water District, City of Petaluma, City of Rohnert Park, City of Santa Rosa, City of Sonoma, Valley of the Moon Water District, and the Town of Windsor. The Sonoma County Water Agency believes in the idea of supporting environmental stewardship and sustainability to improve quality of life, providing an array of services including naturally-filtered drinking water, flood protection services, recreational opportunities and wastewater treatment. More information at www.scwa.ca.gov

Sonoma County Agriculture & Open Space District

In 1990, Sonoma County residents created the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to permanently protect the greenbelts, scenic viewsheds, farms and ranches and natural areas of Sonoma County. The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District goals include supporting the economic vitality of working farms to preserve agricultural heritage, protect ridgetops, coastal bluffs, hillsides and waterways, preserve natural areas that provide habitat for wildlife, partner with local agencies and organizations to leverage funding for land protection, and foster stewardship. The District achieves its mission via four programs, Conservation Planning; Community Relations and Stakeholder Engagement; Legislative Program and Land Acquisition. The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District…

Petaluma Poultry

Petaluma Poultry is dedicated to sustainable farming practices to ensure animal welfare and environmental stewardship and are validated by a 3rd-party audit including the Global Animal Partnership. Petaluma Poultry also employs Nutrient Management Conservation which plans for each farm to have land…

Marin Open Garden Project

MOGP, a sponsored project of MarinLink, organizes weekly meetings of backyard gardeners to exchange excess fruit, vegetables from gardens in Mill Valley, Novato, San Rafael and San Anselmo. The Project will harvest unwanted fruit from your garden and distribute it to other neighbors and community…

Marin Agricultural Land Trust

MALT is a member-supported non-profit organization that permanently protects working farms in Marin County by purchasing agricultural conservation easements, which is a voluntary legal agreement between MALT and a landowner. MALT easements prohibit non-agricultural residential and commercial…

Marin Resource Conservation District

The mission of MRCD is to conserve and enhance Marin’s natural resources, including its soil, water, vegetation and wildlife. www.marinrcd.org

Slide Ranch

The mission of Slide Ranch is to connect children to nature. By farming, cooking, caring for animals and exploring wilderness and the coast, they teach people to see the connection between their own healthy, a healthy food system and a healthy environment. www.slideranch.org

Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)

The Marin County Department of Agriculture is accredited by the USDA as an official organic certification agency. MOCA serves the local agricultural community who are promoting sustainable farming practices. The main duty of MOCA is to uphold the standards of the USDA National Organic Program and…

Agricultural Institute of Marin

Their mission is to educate the public about the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally grown food directly from farmers, and to connect and support communities and agriculture. Their goals include supporting regional sustainable producers by providing them with direct access to…

Marin Organic

An association of organic farmers, ranchers, and food artisans in Marin County, whose livelihoods are based on a respect for nature and a sense of place. By engaging the community, Marin Organic is cultivating a thriving, sustainable food system that promotes environmental stewardship and human…

Napa Green

A comprehensive environmental certification program for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. A voluntary program focused on independently certified, environmentally sound farming and production methods that meet and exceed more than twenty local, state and federal “best practices”. Napa…

Sustainable Napa County

A non-profit organization bringing together Napa County businesses, agriculture, non-profit and government for a long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability including, green businesses, green buildings, energy, water, recycle and waste, agriculture, air and transportation.…

Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer organization associated with the University of California Cooperative Extension. Their mission is to provide educational and outreach programs that meet Napa county residents’ horticultural, pest management and sustainable landscape needs using…

Napa Local Food

This website was created by the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and the Napa Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC) to provide an easy way for Napa residents and visitors to find locally grown, sustainable food, learn more about local food resources and come together as a community to…

Community Seed Exchange

The mission of Community Seed Exchange is to create a grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds. More information at: https://www.communityseedexchange.org

Ag Innovations

Provides facilitators, process designers and project management in food systems and natural resource management. They are dedicated to creating a food system that creates economic prosperity. www.aginnovations.org

FarmsReach

Works to help small and medium-scale farms to be viable, ecologically-minded, and happy in their vocation. They help farmers buy things like input, supplies, services, value-added products, CSA deliveries. FarmsReach provides practical tools, services, and connections so farmers can learn from each…

Community Garden Network of Sonoma County

CGN works to connect and support the many Sonoma county community gardens. Dedicated to providing access to resources, gardening training, technical assistance, fund development support, leadership training and other services to community gardens throughout the county, and to facilitating…

Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District

Provides free, non-discriminatory assistance and educational opportunities to agricultural providers, land users, educators and anyone with land-based resource conservation needs, on a strictly volunteer basis. Conservation projects include: conservation education, soil erosion control, water…

Farm Stewards

Farm Stewards offers design, planning and consultations in ecological restoration, sustainable farming and land stewardship. www.farmstewards.com

FarmShorts

FarmShorts is creating the online visual landscape of sustainable agriculture, one amazing farmer at a time. Kala Philo, Sonoma County Videographer and Producer, and her team created the project as a gift in celebration of our local sustainable farmers, food and agri-tourism. Our first…

Daily Acts

Our work is grounded in the principle that simple, mindful choices significantly enrich our lives and world. By highlighting amazing people and efforts that demonstrate sustainability, we share the powerful relationships, skills and tools needed for healthy lives and a resilient world. We support…

Ceres Community Project

Ceres Community Project energizes communities by linking what we eat and how we care for each other with the health of people and planet. We create health for people, communities and the planet through love, healing food and empowering the next generation. What We Do: Food as Medicine, Teen…

Ecology Center of Sonoma

We address challenges related to water supply and quality, open space, rural character, biodiversity, energy, climate change, and quality of life.The mission of Sonoma Ecology Center is to work with our community to enhance and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley. Since 1990, we’ve worked to…

Farmers Guild

The Farmers Guild is the newest wave of farmers, ranchers, and sustainable food system advocates. With a passion for feeding our local communities, they unite to share skills, knowledge and a meal after a day in the field. Founded by farmers for farmers, the Guild supports all healthy food…

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