Farmland preservation support is growing

ASHEVILLE Ed Hemphill takes pride in the Reems Creek farm that has supported his family over the last 150 years. Full Story
Concerned

Candler, NC

#1 Mar 19, 2009
Preserving farmland and other tracts deemed environmentally important is a win for everybody. My concern however is, do organizations such as Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy have the resources to oversee the easements? Will they be able to monitor and make sure property owners and others are abiding by the easements? They're stretched so thin as it is that i'm afraid they're jumping into these big new projects and not able to take care of the properties already under their watch. They either need more money to hire more folks or their up volunteer recruitment efforts.
cindy

Asheville, NC

#2 Mar 19, 2009
yes, there's not enough money to save these properties. when i was about to lose my farm, no one could help me - because it was less than 100 acres. they don't have the ability to deal with small ones. so now there will be trailers put all over it. whoopee.
Leicester Farmer

Asheville, NC

#3 Mar 19, 2009
Its rough for us farmers. No rain and way overpriced fertilizer is killing us. Sometimes when these developers come at you through millions of dollars it does get hard to resist. I applaud this man for holding onto his farm for 150 years. My family's lands and farm have been with us for about 125 years.

The one thing they dont make more of is land, once we sell it all off there is nothing left but condos and lifestyles for the rich and spoiled

“WeaverVEGAS baby!”

Since: Feb 07

Weaverville, NC

#4 Mar 19, 2009
Reems creek is very pretty and SHOULD be protected from developments.
Jim Greenwood

AOL

#5 Mar 19, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Preserving farmland and other tracts deemed environmentally important is a win for everybody. My concern however is, do organizations such as Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy have the resources to oversee the easements? Will they be able to monitor and make sure property owners and others are abiding by the easements? They're stretched so thin as it is that i'm afraid they're jumping into these big new projects and not able to take care of the properties already under their watch. They either need more money to hire more folks or their up volunteer recruitment efforts.
Help em out, donate a few drachmas.
< http://www.appalachian.org >
Concerned

Candler, NC

#6 Mar 21, 2009
Thanks for the link. I do help them out on a regular basis, tho' not necessarily SAHC. Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is another land trust here in the mountains. They do an excellent job of monitoring the easement properties. Very good follow-up and they are great at getting the commnities involved. This is not to say SAHC does not care and not put forth a lot of effort! They do what they can.
Jim Greenwood wrote:
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Help em out, donate a few drachmas.
< http://www.appalachian.org >
Concerned

Candler, NC

#7 Mar 21, 2009
Leicester Farmer wrote:
Its rough for us farmers. No rain and way overpriced fertilizer is killing us. Sometimes when these developers come at you through millions of dollars it does get hard to resist. I applaud this man for holding onto his farm for 150 years. My family's lands and farm have been with us for about 125 years.
The one thing they dont make more of is land, once we sell it all off there is nothing left but condos and lifestyles for the rich and spoiled
I know, it's extremely rough. Especially when the developers from Florida and elsewhere come sniffing around waving money under our noses. It happened to my family. We were able to hold out and get a land trust involved so now the land won't get developed. It'll remain farmland. As painful as it is to watch, I don't blame those that do sell their land.
Jim Greenwood

AOL

#8 Mar 21, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Thanks for the link. I do help them out on a regular basis, tho' not necessarily SAHC. Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is another land trust here in the mountains. They do an excellent job of monitoring the easement properties. Very good follow-up and they are great at getting the commnities involved. This is not to say SAHC does not care and not put forth a lot of effort! They do what they can.
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