The Allen Co. SWCD and its committed partners have started working full force on its Contribution Agreement with NRCS that focuses on urban and small farms in the Indiana portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). A small farm is considered a farm that produces less than $250,000 of gross revenue annually.
This contribution agreement allows the District to offer the community education through events and workshops and through educational materials. It will also provide technical assistance and guidance to small and urban farms in the WLEB and community support for existing small farms and/or community gardens
Be on the lookout for more news on the progression of this project. The SWCD is expecting great and exciting things to come from the Urban and Small Farms Contribution Agreement.
If you have any questions about this project or would like to be involved in the Steering Committee, please contact the Allen Co. SWCD office at 260-484-5848 ext. 3.
Current Committee Members Include: Adams SWCD, Allen SWCD, DeKalb SWCD, Steuben SWCD, Purdue Extension, Northeast Indiana Local Food Group, University of St. Francis, Indiana Tech, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center at Goshen College, Farm Bureau, City of Fort Wayne Parks, ISDA, NRCS, Plowshares Food Hub, Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market, Windrose Urban Farm, Fruited Plain Seeds, Indiana Wildlife Biologist, Maumee Watershed Alliance, and more!
Here are the Steering Committee Minutes:
Here are the Sub-group Meeting Minutes:
If you are an urban or small farm, please fill out our survey (click on the link) below so we can learn how to help you more effectively!