Cultivating Commerce welcomes you to our website. We are a non profit (North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council) whose mission is to support youth education and action and to foster sustainable communities within Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties of California. We work with individuals, groups, and communities to support resource protection, resilience and sustainability.
Our summer Photography Competition starts August 1, and continues though September 10th. If you love taking pictures of local nature and our beautiful area, then consider submitting an image to our competition. The competition is free to youth 17 and under and $10/image for the OPEN competition. The grand prize is a complete set of photography equipment which is described more fully on the competion page under events, above. Or, just click on the image to the right.
Uner the Cultivating Commerce program, we work with people on fire resiliency, youth empowerment & leadership, and job training. In addition, we encourage entrepreneurship opportunities whether at the farmer level or in a business that recognizes the importance of maintaining a rural community and our quality of life. Whether adding a niche marketing endeavor such as boutique honey production to an existing winery or pursuing a startup organic vegetable farm, entrepreneurs struggle in developing and implementing a viable business model in our rural area. Cultivating Commerce is designed to assist these entrepreneurs in a variety of ways. Information on educational workshops, online training, funding, and more is posted to help users in developing business plans, marketing plans, whole farm plans, and other tools--all designed to assist entrepreneurs in beginning or expanding their agricultural enterprise
The NCRC&DC is also a Kiva.Zip sponsor (Trustee), and successfully helped a new entrepreneur achieve their micro-loan goal in less than a week of fundraising. If you need a startup loan for a sound project, check out Kiva Zip.
We are recuiting new Board members--interested in finding our more about our programs? Please attend one of our meetings to hear about the exciting environmental education and action projects with youth and our community that involve on-the-ground change and make a real difference in pollinator protection, water conservation, climate change, and sustainable communities, agriculture and forestry in our rural north coast. Our programs all rely on making simple changes that cumulatively make for big impact. Come be a part of our change-making organization.
Cultivating Commerce is partnering with other non-profits and public agencies to bring expertise and information to farmers and ranchers within our 4-County area. Cultivating Commerce is one of several initiatives of the non-profit North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council which serves four Northern California counties. We have built rainwater collection systems at local schools, installed composting systems at schools, held educational workshops with landowners to increase pollinator habitat, worked with youth to plant and create healthy pollinator habitat, supported local school garden programs, educated landowners to prevent the spread of Sudden Oak Disease, prepared detailed feasibility studies for biomass-to-energy production in Mendocino County, and conducted workshops with ranchers and farmers interested in adding an agri-tourism element to their operations.
Please visit our home website of www.ncrcandd.org to learn how you can help us help others. You may make a secure online tax deductible donation at our home website, and all donations are used to further our mission.