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2019 NRCS Texas Urban and Rural Conservation Projects

Urban Conservation Projects

Galveston’s Own Farmers Market

Young Gardener’s Program, Galveston – The project will establish a vegetable garden on Galveston Island to serve students of Galveston Independent School District.

IDEA Public School San Benito

Sustainable Food and Native Habitat Initiative, San Benito – The goal is to build a high tunnel to increase fruit and vegetable production and to use as an outdoor classroom to provide educational opportunities to students and the surrounding community.

La Joya Independent School District

Project G.R.O.W. (Garden, Relationships, Opportunities and Well-Being), Palmhurst– The goal is to establish a vegetable and pollinator gardens to be used for growing fresh vegetables and as an educational learning site for students on the campus of Domingo Trevino Middle School.

Frontera Farmers Coalition

Fostering Sustainable Farming Initiative, Palmview -The establishment of vegetable and pollinator gardens will afford a group of pre-established urban farmers to achieve their full potential as sustainable small-scale farming outfits with the underlying commitment to the health of communities and the opportunity to grow hand-in-hand.

South Texas Advancement Resources – City of Laredo

Lowry Farm Urban Conservation Project, Laredo – provide vegetable production on City of Laredo land known as the Lowry Farm with high tunnels to supplement a vegetable garden and to prove that a sustainable model is a viable solution in Laredo, Texas.

Grow Local South Texas

Food Forest Expansion at the Learning Garden, Corpus Christi – establishment of a vegetable garden to provide education, pollinator habitat, food production and a community food forest located in a low-income, low-food access neighborhood.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Educational Pollinator Garden, Brownsville – Expand and enhance the pollinator garden on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville campus and increase awareness about native plants and pollinators in students and the wider community.

Northside Independent School District

Project Alamo Area Children Organized to Replant Natives (A.C.O.R.N.), San Antonio- Establish a community garden and pollinator garden at Timberwilde and Evers Elementary Schools with the purposes of improving access to healthy food and providing learning experiences.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Incubator Urban Farm, Edinburg – Train beginning farmers, students and neighbors on how to grow food while promoting conservation by creating a learning space demonstrating sustainable agricultural practices that includes an organic demonstration plat, installing a rainwater harvesting system and extending the current fruit tree polyculture to include pollinator habitat.

Rio Grande International Study Center

Pollinator Paradise at the Laredo Water Museum, Laredo – Build a large-scale pollinator garden, with the help of community partners, at a local landmark – the Laredo Water Museum to create and enhance a unique space that reflects the natural heritage and biodiversity of the border city.

Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

Planting the Healing Garden, Denton – The planting of the Healing Garden in Lake Forest Village Healthcare unit will be a center focus of the campus featuring plants that will attract pollinators, insects, butterflies and birds hopefully increasing in satisfaction, placement, and staff and community care.

Recipe for Success Foundation

Urban Agricultural Expansion at Hope Farms, Houston – Expand organic farm infrastructure to increase production and improve nutrition and food access in the underserved Sunnyside community targeting low income veterans and minorities.

Houston Wilderness

Texas Monarch Flyway Strategy-Urban Pollinator Garden, Houston – working with the City of Houston, this project will create a pollinator garden as part of a new park located along a new metro line in near Northside Houston.

National Women in Agriculture Association

Waco Chapter Community Vegetable Garden and Pollinator Habitat Project, Waco – Educate and engage students, seniors, veterans and community residents in the use of gardening skills required for creating and maintaining a sustainable community vegetable garden in combination with pollinator habitat year-round.

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

Camp Carter Water Conservation Project, Fort Worth – Establish a water harvesting system to teach outdoor education to students on how to utilize these simple systems to harvest rain. Camp Carter will work in collaboration with the local school districts to meet the needs of the outdoor education curriculum and outdoor education activities that are aligned with the TEKS state standards.

Frazier Revitalization Inc.

Hatcher Station Training and Community Farm, Dallas – Establish a food access point for fresh food options in a low income, under-served community in South Dallas including employment training and job creation specific to urban agriculture for South Dallas residents.

Dallas County Hospital

Community Garden and Pollinator Habitat, Dallas – Establish a vegetable garden to provide access to fresh, sustainably-grown produce that will help alleviate the burdens of a localized, urban food desert.  Increase knowledge of sustainable urban farming techniques, natural resources conservation practices, and spur inter-community engagement across southeast Dallas. The pollinator habitat will also increase knowledge of native plant species.

Harlandale Independent School District

Apache Pollinator Garden at Leal Middle School, San Antonio – Establish a pollinator garden to serve as a teaching tool about native species and conservation to students of Leal Middle School, designated as a Title 1 school almost exclusively serving an economically disadvantaged Hispanic student body and its surrounding community.

Heart of Texas Community Health

Healthy Community Gathering Space, Waco – Increase the capacity of the Healthy Community Gathering Space by establishing vegetable and pollinator gardens and a rainwater harvesting system to support a wider range of community educational opportunities that focus on environmental and health education.

Tarrant County

Resource Connection Pollinator Pergola, Fort Worth – Increase the pollinator habitat at the Resource Connection of Tarrant County by installing a pergola.  Increase educational opportunities through lunch-and-learn workshops for the community.  Involve the Goodwill Industries Stars Program by offering an annual educational field trip and a hand-on experience to all the participants.

Tarleton State University

Emperor’s New Clothes: Monarch Waystation and Educational Pollinator Garden, Stephenville – Establish an educational pollinator garden that includes a monarch way station in order to remediate ranch land to native habitat and provide educational resources for students.

Tarrant County

Green Works Learning Center, Dallas – Deliver a fully functioning rainwater harvesting system attached to the center and host a free educational workshop for the community that will teach the benefits of rainwater harvesting and proper methods to install and use the system.  Host Clifford Davis Elementary School students with an annual education field trip.

Rural Conservation Projects

North Plains Groundwater Conservation District

North Plains Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration, Dumas - A rainwater harvesting system will be incorporated into the design of the North Plains Water Conservation Center (NPWCC), an educational facility and working demonstration farm located about 10 miles north of Dumas in Moore County.

Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance

Pollinator Habitat Plots, Littige - The purpose of this project is to implement and teach pollinator conservation practices along Wilbarger Creek. The Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance (WCCA) will create 2.3 acres of prime pollinator habitat over 20 locations along Wilbarger Creek to increase the number of local pollinators in the area by increasing the amount of appropriate habitat and food source.

Neighbors in Need of Services

Head Start Community Garden, Rio Hondo - The project will establish a vegetable and a pollinator garden with a rainwater harvesting system and high tunnel for children and their families in the NINOS Inc Head Start Program to teach them how to commence and maintain a fruit and or vegetable garden in their own backyard.

South Texas Advancement Resources- Webb County

Vegetable Production Project, Aguilares -Provide vegetable production on a pilot plot of 200--‐acre farm located on the East Slator Ranch, 12 miles South of Aguilares, in Webb County, Texas.  The project will employ rainwater harvesting and high tunnels to supplement a vegetable garden to prove that a sustainable model is a viable solution in South Texas. The project will be a 5-acre development on the farm to create a rural garden in Eastern Webb County. The project will include a 1-acre water storage pond, high tunnel, as well as a traditionally irrigated garden area.

Prairie View A & M – Waller County HT Jones

HT Jones Elementary Garden, Prairie View -The goal of this project is to develop a garden at HT Jones Elementary School to interest youth into gardening and eventually convince their parents to start a small garden at home. The youth that are actively growing vegetable are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetable and live a healthier life.

Prairie View A & M – NextGen

NextGen Project, Prairie View - The project includes the use of the NextGen (Gardening, Education, and Nutrition) plan of work to deliver the STEAM curriculum through gardening at HT Jones Elementary School.

Landowner Association of Texas

Leola Farm Project, Tyler County - The project is to establish a vegetable garden and rainwater catchment system to provide fresh produce to the Tyler county area by teaming up with Farm Fresh, a program by the Texas Department of Agriculture and to give back to organizations like F.A.R.M. (Farmers Assisting Returning Military).

Burkeville Independent School District

Growing Our Own, Burkeville - Burkeville ISD will provide Kindergarten – 12th grade students in a rural community the opportunity to learn how to grow their own fruits and vegetables through a community garden.  The fruits and vegetables will be served in the school cafeteria, used in classrooms, and sold in a farmers’ market on campus. Students will learn that growing their own garden can help address the community’s need for local, fresh fruits and vegetables and providing a local food option for our rural community.

Tarleton State University

Emperor’s New Clothes, Goldthwaite - The purpose of this project is to establish an educational pollinator garden that includes a monarch waystation in order to remediate ranch land to native habitat following the vision of the field station; to provide an educational resource for college and elementary students; to provide an opportunity for volunteerism as well as research for college students in the maintenance and research of the garden; to provide the basis for the development of EC-6th grade English as a Second Language (ESL) experiential learning activities for field trips; and to provide a site for community-focused events like monarch tagging.