Who we Are
Founded in 2012, the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC) is the continuation of an urban agriculture project called QCC Farms, started by the Quality Community Council (QCC). The idea for QCC Farms began with a group of residents at Friendship Court and 6th Street who were looking for a way to bridge the social barriers between their communities. The project started with a series of community conversations which culminated in our breaking ground at the Friendship Court Garden in May of 2007 and the 6th Street garden in June. When QCC disbanded in 2011, committed local residents and volunteers formed UACC to continue the valuable work of bringing community members together through urban agriculture. UACC has a joint plan of work with Virginia Organizing, a 501(c)(3) organization that accepts grants and donations on our behalf.
UACC is led by an elected Board of Directors and is guided by an Advisory Council made up of long time volunteers and participants. The UACC Board of Directors’ bylaws stipulate that “the majority of board members will consist of representatives from the neighborhoods where the gardens are located.” Empowering community members to lead the organization ensures that our work coincides with the interests and values of the communities we serve.
Jennifer Minor (Assistant Farm Manager)
Jennifer Minor joined the UACC team in 2015 as a Farm Apprentice. She helps run all aspects of the Food Production & Distribution program, from starting seeds to harvesting for market day. A resident of Friendship Court, Jennifer keeps a watchful eye on the gardens in her backyard and encourages her neighbors to get involved.
Todd Niemeier (Operations Director)
In 2007, Todd worked with the Quality Community Council (QCC), and residents of the Friendship Court and 6th Street communities, to launch the QCC Farms project. When QCC disbanded in 2011, he partnered with community members and volunteers to lead the project through its transformation into UACC. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Science from Truman State University, served as an Agricultural Extension Volunteer in Peace Corps Bolivia, and has worked on various small and large-scale vegetable farms. Todd is committed to the idea that collective urban agriculture can serve as a vehicle for bringing people together across racial, economic, and social barriers. He is passionate about involving young people in agriculture and is inspired by the power of collaborating with neighbors to nurture a healthy community.
UACC is grateful to our many past and current supporters. We are especially grateful for the hundreds of individuals, businesses, churches, and foundations, corporations, who have contributed time, materials, and money to help us continue to grow and share healthy food and cultivate healthy communities. Many thanks!
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