Cultivating Commerce is an initiative of the North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council, which is a non-profit and non-governmental organization doling business as Conservation Works.  We were formed and officially incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization in 2002 to advance the conservation of natural and agricultural resources within Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties in Northern California.  

Conservation Works involves interested supporters, land owners, other non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies in our 4-County area in our programming, forming partnerships whenever possible to achieve our goals.  Our Board, staff, and volunteers are diverse and consist of interested individuals as well as representatives of local government, Resource Conservation Districts (Gold Ridge, Marin, Mendocino County, Sonoma and West Lake RCDs), Boards of County Supervisors, and other non-profit organizations.  Our projects are discussed in more detail on our Conservation Works have included:

  • Fire resiliency activities to respond to drought and increased wildfires in our area
  • Projects that address climate change, including planting native grasslands as carbon sinks 
  • Water Conservation projects through rainwater collection, storage and re-use  (visit
  • Pollinator habitat protection through educational workshops, "Bee Patches" plantings, "Bee Buddies" school programs, and more (visit
  • Waste reduction and reuse through recycling waste food scraps through vermiculture composting (visit
  • Support for local food production, including support for small farmers (through our Cultivating Commerce program) and other sustainable agriculture programs.

 Check out the Conservation Works website for full descriptions of our many beneficial programs serving our local communities.