The Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) — governed by a five-member board of elected and appointed District Supervisors — works with its core partners, residents, and others to conserve Buncombe County's soil, water, and related natural resources. In a nutshell, the SWCD "helps people help the land." Our programs lead to better water quality in local streams and more productive agriculture, protected forest, and wildlife lands. The SWCD’s educational and farmland preservation programs also have positive impacts on local agriculture, recreational, and other water-related activities. Our Conservation Technical Assistance and Cost Sharing programs provide local citizens with the information and financial resources they need to manage their land and take corrective measures to solve soil erosion and water quality issues.
The Buncombe County Agricultural Advisory Board is composed of nine County residents appointed by the County Commissioners. A minimum of five of the Board members must be actively engaged in farming. Those five are selected from candidates recommended by the Soil & Water Conservation District, the N. C. Cooperative Extension Service, and the Farm Services Agency committee.
- Review and make recommendations concerning the establishment and modification of agricultural districts.
- Review and make recommendations concerning any ordinance or amendment adopted or proposed for adoption.
- Hold public hearings on public projects likely to have an impact on agricultural operations, particularly if such projects involve condemnation of all or part of any qualifying farm.
- Advise the governing board of the county or city on projects, programs, or issues affecting the agricultural economy or way of life within the county.
- Perform other related tasks or duties assigned by the governing board of the county or city.