In October 2010, the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks was awarded a USDA grant through the Natural Resource Conservation Service to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation appraoaches and technologies in the urban setting. The grant will leverage federal investment in environmental protection while at the same time encouraging urban agricultural production. The WCO will be working with two local producers, Urban Roots and Milsap Farm, to demonstrate practices that are beneficial to the producer, environment and the consuming public.

Education opportunities for the public will come into the form of workshops, field days and two publiciations: 1)How to Farm in the City and 2)Rain Water Harvesting Manual for Southwest Missouri. Local regulations will be reviewed that could cause producers difficulty in establishing beneficial agriculture practices in the urban setting. The project will be completed by December 2012. For further information contact Matt Keener 866-1127 or