District Names New Urban Coordinator

Welcome to the Flint River SWCD team, Abby!

Abby Barber is the District's new Urban Program Coordinator, based in Albany, Georgia.

Abby Barber is the District's new Urban Program Coordinator, based in Albany, Georgia.

The Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), through its recently awarded grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), has named an Urban Program Coordinator to lead our new urban agriculture conservation initiative in Albany, Georgia. Abby Barber, a southwest Georgia native, has been working in communities in South Georgia for the last several years to educate people on the importance of local food and strong community support of food systems. Abby’s vast experience with a diversity of urban farms and sustainable agriculture, along with her passion for her hometown community, made her a natural fit for the District. She has already hit the ground running to build an impactful community project centered around local food, conservation, and sustainability.  

The Flint River SWCD submitted a proposal earlier this summer to NACD’s Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative. The initiative, in partnership with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, aims to increase and stabilize technical assistance capacity where the land is predominantly urban or urbanizing. The District’s new urban project will aim to help urban farmers, community gardens, and other local agricultural partnerships implement conservation practices that support local food production, provide opportunities for education and stewardship, and protect natural resources.

We are so excited to see where this project leads and look forward to future opportunities of expanding this initiative throughout other urban communities.