O‘ahu Resource Conservation and Development Council (O‘ahu RC&D) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that has been serving Hawai‘i’s rural communities, farms, and ranches since 1997 to improve stewardship of natural resources. Their programs focus on the social, economic, and environmental nexus of sustainable agriculture, local food production and water restoration. O‘ahu RC&D’s accomplishments stem from their boots-on-the-ground approach to support farmers and the sustainable production of local food, while protecting natural resources.
Programs include technical and financial assistance to improve the management of natural resources (such as soil and water) and the implementation of conservation practices that build soil health and restore watershed health; building community through the creation of farmer-to-farmer networks; and increasing understanding and engagement among the general public on the diversity and importance of local agriculture.
Oʻahu RC&D is able to expand its reach through strong partnerships with other organizations. The national RC&D program was established by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and we retain strong ties to that organization. We also work closely with the Oʻahu Soil and Water Conservation Districts to assist rural farms and land owners with conservation plans and technical assistance. Finally, we serve as fiscal sponsors to a number of organizations that share our goals and objectives.