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The Pilot of “Conservation 101 Field Experiences” began during the summer of 2017 with the formation of a partnership between LCCD Agricultural Conservation Specialist, LCCD Education and Outreach Coordinator, the Allentown School District and Building 21 High School. Thanks to generous support from the Rider-Pool Foundation in 2018 and 2019 and Harry C. Trexler Trust, the first pilot sessions of the “Field Experiences” revolving around an urban agriculture curriculum designed by LCCD were offered during the spring of 2018. A second pilot of sessions adapted to a new learning platform is currently being offered during academic year 2018-19. A third pilot program took place during fall of 2019 and through March of 2020.
In February of 2019, LCCD was awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to boost technical capacity nationwide. LCCD was one of 20 conservation districts across 14 states to receive funding. NACD and NRCS established the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016 to help conservation districts and their partners provide much-needed technical assistance for agricultural conservation in developed or predominantly developing areas. Read the district’s project description, as well as the other awardees’ project descriptions, on NACD’s 2019 Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Recipients webpage
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Broad participation, support and interest for the program has been received from local farmers, business organizations, foundations, Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, Building 21 High School (students/staff/faculty), the Allentown School District, and the City of Allentown. Grant support was generously contributed by National Association of Conservation Districts, Harry, C. Trexler Trust, and The Rider-Pool Foundation. LCCD thanks all participants and each of these entities that have kindly contributed to development of this program.