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Urban Agriculture - Texas

Urban agriculture pioneers are taking action in their communities. As American agriculture continues to grow in new directions, NRCS conservation assistance in Texas is growing along with it.

Urban agriculture pioneers are taking action in their communities, growing not only fresh, healthy produce, but also providing jobs, beautifying their neighborhoods, and offering access to fresh, healthy food in areas where grocery stores are sparse.

As American agriculture continues to grow in new directions, NRCS conservation assistance in Texas is growing along with it. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for urban growers in areas such as:

  • Soil health
  • Irrigation and water conservation
  • Weed and pest management
  • High tunnels - NRCS can provide technical and financial assistance for high tunnels, used to extend the growing season and to protect plants from harsh weather, air pollution and pests. By making local produce available for more months in the year, fewer resources are used to transport food to plates.

Texas also has conservationists whose work is dedicated to helping those farming urban areas. They are located in six of Texas's urban areas, as well as in the State Office in Temple.

Additional Resources:

USDA Urban Agriculture


Wilma Tichelaar

State Urban Conservationist

Terra Fannin

Urban Conservationist - Lubbock/Panhandle

Margaret Gannon

Urban Conservationist - El Paso/West Texas

James Rodriguez

Urban Conservationist - Austin/Central Texas

Alex Beaton

Urban Conservationist - Corpus Christi/South Texas

Jay Knight

Urban Conservationist - Houston/East Texas

Michael Higgins

Urban Conservationist - Arlington/North Central Texas

Additional Information


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