Urban Agriculture


The Allen Co. SWCD and its committed partners are working full force on its Contribution Agreement with the Natural Resource Conservation Service to provide resources for urban and small farms within the Indiana portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). 

What’s available through the Urban and Small Farms Program?

  • Free soil sampling
  • Nutrient management recommendations
  • Technical assistance including site visits and identification of resource concerns
  • Mentorship
  • Workshops, field days, bus tours of local facilities, and pontoon boat tours of local waterways.

Who is eligible?

Urban farms, small farms, and community gardens within the Indiana portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin. Indiana counties with portions in the WLEB include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and Wells. Use this website to determine whether your farm or garden is in the WLEB.



“Coffee and…” Webinar Series

Join us once a month for our morning educational series. Be on the lookout for upcoming sessions, some of which will be both in-person and virtual. Click here to learn more about upcoming and past topics.

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 Steering 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, IASWCD, Plowshares Food Hub, Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market, Windrose Urban Farm, Fruited Plain Seeds, Indiana Wildlife Biologist, Maumee Watershed Alliance, and more!





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Funding for this program was provided by USDA-NRCS.
The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, lender, and employer.