Upper Ocmulgee River Resource Conservation and Development Council


Current / Ongoing Projects

“Building A Sustainable Future”


Interested in pioneering statewide protocol for Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown farms? Click on hte Link above to see the flyer and Register.


“The Urban Conservation Tool Box Grant”


Gwinnett Soil and Water Conservation District Opens Funding Opportunity for Educators Lawrenceville, GA (November 18, 2019) – Educators across metro Atlanta have shown a rapidly growing interest in connecting agriculture and academics, reflecting the fact that school gardens are a well-documented teaching tool and introduce students to critical environmental science concepts. The Gwinnett Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is empowering development of agriculture-based programs through the “Urban Conservation Tool Box”. Funded through the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), The Tool Box offers opportunities to integrate raised beds, micro-irrigation, high tunnels and aquaponics systems into agriculture-based education. These materials are supplemented with educational resources that support Kindergarten -12th grade learning and enhance the sustainability of these programs in metro settings.

This financial assistance is available to schools, churches and senior centers within Gwinnett, DeKalb and Rockdale counties. Applications are reviewed monthly by an Awards Committee that includes members of Gwinnett's SWCD, the Upper Ocmulgee River Resource Conservation & Development council (UORRC&D) and NRCS. The Committee considers funding requests on a case-by-case basis after physically inspecting a site and meeting the program's stakeholders. This enables the Awards Committee to identify resources the applicant will need to develop or enhance a sustainable site, and to then create an accompanying “tool box” of resources and instructional material that best supports the school's educational vision for that site. The award includes technical assistance from agriculture professionals during installation of the new infrastructure, followed by regular maintenance checks and troubleshooting support for a year. In addition, teachers are provided with relevant, standards-based curriculum and mentoring to enhance their confidence in teaching cross-cutting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through the lens of agriculture.

For more program information and to secure an application packet, please contact Gwinnett SWCD Program Manager Tixie Fowler at tixie.fowler@gacd.us. Applications will be reviewed monthly beginning December 1, 2019 and funding will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis through December 31, 2020.

The mission of the Gwinnett Soil and Water Conservation District is to help manage, conserve and enhance natural resources for present and future generations through education, public information, leadership, technical assistance and development of innovative programs.

“Building A Sustainable Future”

Grant Ammount Requested: $75,000/year
Project Description: The Upper Ocmulgee River RC&D Council Inc, in collaboration with Gwinnett Technical College, and Flozyme, Inc. will develop a curriculum/protocol educating limited resource, minority and women farmers on the importance of Bulding A Sustainable Future of our natural resources through the implementation/adoption of organic management decisions, systems, and strategies to 20+ active farms in the state of Georgia. Emphasis will also be made on new inovations in soil amendments through microbial applications (Flozyme, Inc.) and various other manufacturers.

"Showcasing Urban Agriculture and Best Management Practices"

Grant Ammount Requested: $42,500/year
Project Description: The Upper Ocmulgee River RC&D Council Inc, in collaboration with Athens Land & Trust, proposes this initiative to install and increase awareness (educational workshops) of innovative conservation practices (raised bed community gardens) within Gwinnett County, Athens, and Metro-Atlanta conserving its resources and providing fresh produce now and for the future generations.

Recent Projects

Jim Miller Park, Cobb County, Georgia. April 21, 2017,

Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, Lawrenveille, Georgia May 20, 2016,

“Transforming Veterans and Small Farmers into Stewards of Our Lands”
Fort Valley State University (Pettigrew Center) February 19, 2015

“Transforming Veterans and Small Farmers into Stewards of Our Lands”
University Of Georgia Conference Center (Tifton) January 22, 2015

Past RC&D Projects

The Georgia Multicultural Sustainable Agriculture Conference series 2013
The Revision of South River TMDL Implementation Plan, Section 319 (h) FY2011 Grant
2012 Outreach Grant Enhancing Program Delivery in Georgia
Urban Agriculture & Conservation Educational Series
2010 Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant
2009 Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant
Northeast Georgia Tree Planting Initiative
Georgia's Statewide EBT Farmers Market Program
Equine Management Training Program
Conservation Tillage Program
Wheels To Work
Life At The Water’s Edge
Northeast Georgia Horse Nutrient Waste Management Cooperative
Market On The Square