The mission of the Florida West Coast RC&D is to promote
and create a sustainable local food and agriculture economy.
VISION: Keeping Agriculture in
the Community with consideration to the conservation, development and
utilization of natural resources, improvement of the general level of economic
activity, and the enhancement of the environment and standard of living
MISSION: To Create an
Entrepreneurial Local Food and Agriculture Economy while working to maintain
and improve surface and groundwater quality, the quality of life in the
communities we serve, and maintaining, improving, and sustaining native
habitats in our area.
keeping agriculture in the community in the following four mission area
elements: land conservation, water management, community development, and
The Florida West Coast Resource
Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization working to create entrepreneurial local food and agriculture
economies in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Florida
West Coast RC&D was formed in 1999 by a group of community leaders to
improve the quality of life in their community. In 2005 the organization
focused on local food and sustainable agriculture to address a gap in local
The initial group of
community leaders that formed the not-for-profit Florida West Coast RC&D
Council also submitted an application to the US Department of Agriculture to
receive assistance through the RC&D program under the Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS). The application for designation of the Florida West Coast
RC&D Area, covering Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties
was approved by the USDA in 2000. The control of the RC&D Council rests
with the local Board of Directors that focus on local priorities the RC&D
Council remains independent as a non-profit 501c(3). There are nearly 400
independently operated RC&Ds around the country.
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