Urban Agriculture Program


Urban farming, which includes school gardens, community gardens, and working farms in urbanized areas, is increasing across the Bay Area as a way to build a local food supply, provide community gathering space, and provide gardening and farming educational activities. Although urban farms in San Mateo County are typically smaller than their rural counterparts, similar natural resource concerns still apply. Farmers and gardeners want to conserve water quantity and quality, enhance soil and plant health, develop pollinator and wildlife habitat, and reduce energy use and waste. 

In order to support urban farms in their integration of conservation farming practices, the San Mateo RCD is offering an Urban Farm Conservation Technical Assistance & Mini Grant Program (revised July 3, 2019). RCD will help urban farms to develop a conservation plan and provide funding towards implementation of conservation practices. Applications are due July 12th.

 We will also be compiling and developing resources for urban farmers, so stay tuned!


  • UC Cooperative Extension – San Mateo and San Francisco Counties
  • San Mateo County Office of Sustainability


  • National Association of Conservation Districts

RCD Contact: Adria Arko