Florida West Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council
PO Box 110664
Bradenton FL 34211
Mission

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.

 

Working towards keeping agriculture in the community in the following four mission area elements: land conservation, water management, community development, and environmental enhancement.

 

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 services.

 
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.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Todd Underhill
Board Chair Todd Underhill
Board Chair Affiliation Underhill Ranch
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Florida West Coast RC&D
Geraldson Community Farm
Supported Organization Geraldson Community Farm in NW Bradenton
Former Names
Gamble Creek Farm, Parrish
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1999
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2015
State Registration Yes Oct 2014
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $240,000.00
Projected Expenses $230,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

  • Established a higher level of financial stability with increased csa membership and increased market exposure.
  • Held and continue to hold several successful community involved events including public farm tours, member potluck in Oct 2013, Medicinal Plant Walk in Feb 2014, Eat Local Week Celebration-Field to Fork Dinner and barn dance in April 2014, and a Sunday Farmers Market at Geraldson Community Farm featuring only local products.
  • Held a seminar called "Farmer Finances 101" to provide tools for good record-keeping for new farmers with little or no accounting experience.
  • Supported a Workshare program and provided children's academy field trips.

Goals:

  • Pay off the loan used to build the barn. 
  • Continue to teach beginning farmers and the general public about best management practices in agriculture, water conservation, risk management for farmers, and marketing.
  • Continue site-specific education programs for school children who need to understand their food does not come from the supermarket and the science involved in the production of vegetable crops.
  • Continue development of Geraldson Community Farm as a community gathering place by adding public restrooms, a community garden and a native ornamental garden space.
 
Needs Statement
  • The Florida West Coast RC&D is struggling to pay the final $50,000 owed on the new Geraldson Community Farm barn.
  • Curriculum development for teaching agriculture to local school students. Funding to pay for facilitators to lead the trips and for school bus transportation to and from the farms. Amount needed $20,000. 
  • Continued development of the Geraldson Community Farm property to meet demands for a community gathering space:

            a.  Public bathroom:  $5000

            b.  Polebarn:  $10,000
            c.  Push mower:  $200 
            d.  Shadehouse Cloths:  2 @ $300 and 2 @ $100
            e.  Market Tent:  $150
            f.  Wheelbarrow:  $100 
Background Statement

The Florida West Coast RC&D (FWCRCD) is a 501(c)(3) community-based non-profit in Florida with the mission of creating a sustainable local food and agriculture economy. The FWCRCD began as a member and partner with the US Department of Agriculture’s RC&D program, which was initially started back in the 1960’s to address rural poverty and help rural communities generate sustainable natural resource-based economies. As a result of current federal legislation, the FWCRCD does not receive any funding through the USDA. The program focuses on community leadership capacity building in the areas of sustainable economic and community development, natural resources use and conservation, and sustainable agriculture. The FWCRCD serves Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties on the central southwest coast of Florida, serving a population of approximately 2.9 million people (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL-Pinellas
FL- Hillsborough
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Education
Keywords
local agriculture, organic farm, local food,csa
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Primary goals for the next several years are targeted towards sustainable community development through small-scale farms and local food. Specifically this includes:

  • Providing training in organic farming and small agriculture based business, including a business incubation program. Our local farm provides incubation through job-training programs and technical assistance in the areas of marketing, business, agronomy, and irrigation.
  • The most consistent request from beginning and established farmers is for more education that applies directly to their small-scale operation. The Florida West Coast RC&D is seeking to provide this in a tangible way, tailored to the Florida growing season and its challenges. Apprenticeships at the farm give new farmers the opportunity for hands-on learning throughout the growing season, gradually taking on responsibility for all aspects of farm management. The apprenticeship program increases their likelihood of successfully obtaining funding for their own business by matching their experience to typical loan criteria as provided by the USDA-Farm Service Agency.
Programs
Description

The Geraldson Community Farm Barn was completed in 2011. Since then  several successful events have been held including member potlucks, Eat Local Week Kickoff Celebrations,  barn dances open to the public and members , and a Sunday Farmers Market initiated in February 2012 featuring only local products. The Geraldson Community Farm Barn is a community-gathering place to discover the benefits of sustainable living - eating and buying local.  The Florida West Coast RC&D is struggling to pay the final $50,000 owed on the new Geraldson Community Farm barn.

Budget $50,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Adults
Short Term Success
  • Barn use will increase by 50% in the next year.
  • CSA memberships will increase by 10% to a maximum of 250.
  • Number of participant vendors at Sunday market to increase by 20%.
Long Term Success
  • 12 major events per year with a minimum of 50 people in attendance.
  • Continue the weekly public farm market during the growing season at Geraldson Community Farm.
  • Increase the number of educational programs offered throughout the year.
  • Increase the number of CSA memberships to our maximum of 250
Program Success Monitoring
  • Number of events happening in the barn in a year. 
  • Number of CSA memberships.
  • Number of educational programs offered.
Program Success Examples
  • In our 2nd year our CSA memberships have increased 30%, our markets served by 25%.
  • Our Sunday market is open to the public weekly offering local goods and produce with the number of vendors increasing by 10%.
  • A beginning farmers' class was offered to provide tools for good record keeping to farmers with little or no accounting experience.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Todd Underhill
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email todd@fwcrcd.org
Experience
Board President is acting executive director
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Laura Morton - May 2011
Paul Danny Smith -
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Christa Leonard Marketing Mger. and Farm Mger.
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations

Geraldson Community Farm has an ongoing partnership with St. Stephen's Episcopal School in which students in the primary grades come to the farm for learning opportunities. Students in the secondary grades spend extensive time on the farm planting, harvesting and gleaning for the local food banks. This educational collaboration has been ongoing for since the inception of the farm in November 2007. 

The April Field to Fork fundraiser is a collaboration with Whole Foods.
 
We currently are in collaboration with Darwin's Brewery for Local Evo Markets once per month. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Florida Farm Bureau
Fresh From Florida
National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
United States Department of Agriculture - Organic Certifying Agent Accreditation2009
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2008
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization


Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Todd Underhill
Company Affiliation Underhill Ranch
Board Term Oct 2012 to Sept 2015
Board Chair Email todd@underhillranch.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Justin Bloom Attorney
Tim Brown Brown's Grove
John O'Connor Retired
Jennifer Sayko Self employed
Paul D Smith Mantee County
Todd Underhill Underhill Ranch
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development?
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 65
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 33
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
By-laws
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $240,000.00
Projected Expenses $230,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Building costs of Geraldson Community Farm barn in coastal high hazard zone
Campaign Goal $20,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2015 to Apr 2015
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$108,701$1,728,135$1,085,435
Federal$0$1,686,040$1,085,435
State$0$0$0
Local$0$42,095$0
Unspecified$108,701$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,375$23,693$91,811
$0$0$0
$103,744$51,620$31,657
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4$7$15
Membership Dues$83,936$76,452$93,641
Special Events$595$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$1,170$67,171
Other$5,732$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$681,572$1,549,580$807,597
Administration Expense$44,744$70,622$94,370
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.421.161.44
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%96%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$3,272,681$3,693,365$3,426,737
Current Assets$63,818$119,629$135,669
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$210,098$208,553$201,630
Total Net Assets$3,062,583$3,484,812$3,225,107
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $108,071Government Grants - Federal $1,686,040Government grants $1,085,435
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $83,936Membership Dues $76,452Membership dues and assessments $93,641
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLocal Farmer Food Sales $62,913Local Farmer Food Sales $51,620Contributions, gifts, grants $91,811
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.300.570.67
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures are taken from the Federal tax returns.  The audited financial statements and the tax returns reconcile.
Nonprofit Florida West Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council
Address PO Box 110664
Bradenton, FL 34211
Primary Phone 941 792-0985

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