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

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.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Todd Underhill
Board Chair Affiliation Underhill Ranch
General Info
Organization 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
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
RCnD 501(c)(3) Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement


  • Established a higher level of financial stability with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships and increased market exposure and restaurant sales.
  • Held and continue to hold several successful community involved events including public farm tours, three major festivals free to the public, a Supper Club highlighting and supporting local agriculture, a music festival supporting a local music nonprofit, and a Sunday Farmers Market at Geraldson Community Farm featuring only local products.
  • Held classes on pickling and essential oils.
  • Supported a Workshare program and provided children's academy field trips.
  • Participated in the local Evolution Market in partnership with Darwin's.


  • Begin a mobile market exposure this fall.
  •  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.
Needs Statement
  1. The Florida West Coast RC&D is still struggling to pay the final $50,000 owed on the new Geraldson Community Farm barn.
  2. 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. 
  3. Continued development of the Geraldson Community Farm property to meet demands for a community gathering space:
  • Bush Hog rotary mower $1600
  • Truck load of compost $1000
  • Hoop house repair $1500
  • Repair of 2 tractors @ $3300 per vehicle
  • Repair of small truck $1500
  • Used refrigerated truck for market deliveries $15,000
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
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Hillsborough
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

As an eighth generation Floridian who grew up on a cattle ranch I’ve always had a larger perspective on what’s involved in getting food to our plate. I grew up with a garden in the yard and fresh fruits and vegetables on the table. Food is something most of us take for granted. In this hurried world we grab something at a restaurant or run to the supermarket and fill up our cart. I believe it is fundamental that we have a connection with our food, that we understand where it comes from and what’s involved in getting it to our table. It’s also vital for us to realize that not everyone in our community has such easy access to food and may not know what to do with fresh vegetables if they get them. Even in an area as affluent as we live in we have food deserts, places where there isn’t access to affordable healthy foods. These same places tend to be in low income communities.

In this past year we have begun developing a mobile farmers market that will carry not only fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts but also education on what to do with them. We are excited to see this program take off as we continue the operations on the organic farm we use to train new farmers and incubate agriculture based businesses.  

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


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 , a Sunday Farmers Market initiated in February 2012 featuring only local products, classes, and seasonal festivals. In 2014 the farm initiated several farm-to-table dinners and this past year a Supper Club.  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 attempting to pay the final $50,000 owed on the 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 3rd year our CSA memberships have remained stable.  Our sales at markets and to restaurants have increased by 13%.
  • Individual and business contributions doubled.
  • Event proceeds increased by 9%.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Paul Danny Smith May 2011 - June 2012
Senior Staff
Christa Leonard Marketing Mger. and Farm Mger.
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

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 Supper Club is a collaboration with Whole Foods.
We currently are in collaboration with Darwin's Brewery for Local Evo Markets once per month. 
Florida Farm Bureau
Fresh From Florida
National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils
Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County2015
External Assessments and Accreditations
United States Department of Agriculture - Organic Certifying Agent Accreditation2009
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization

Board Chair
Board Chair Todd Underhill
Company Affiliation Underhill Ranch
Board Term Oct 2015 to Sept 2017
Board Chair Email todd@underhillranch.com
Board Members
Board Members
Justin Bloom Attorney
Kaitlin Cornelius Sarasota Memorial Hospital
John O'Connor Retired
Jennifer Sayko Self employed
Todd Underhill Underhill Ranch
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 60
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 60
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 60
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2015
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $240,000.00
Projected Expenses $230,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? 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
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$6,323$108,701
Individual Contributions$6,481$6,648$1,375
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2$5$4
Membership Dues$97,567$112,510$83,936
Special Events$6,576$3,803$595
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$515,416$286,735$681,572
Administration Expense$15,817$238,630$44,744
Fundraising Expense$3,884$1,276$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.330.440.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%54%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue30%8%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,615,402$2,979,615$3,272,681
Current Assets$12,314$43,966$63,818
Long-Term Liabilities$0$142,468$0
Current Liabilities$207,971$70,916$210,098
Total Net Assets$2,407,431$2,766,231$3,062,583
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $97,567Membership Dues $112,510Government Grants - Unspecified $108,071
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Rental Income $31,063Local Farmer Food Sales $69,596Membership Dues $83,936
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLocal Farmer Food Sales $28,903Contributions, gifts, grants $6,648Local Farmer Food Sales $62,913
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.060.620.30
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%5%0%
Financials Comments
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 34209
Phone 941 792-0985