Rationale: As development continues, and with natural and regulatory restrictions on steep
slopes, the pressure to develop prime farmland and environmentally sensitive tracts of land
increases. Farmland and environmentally sensitive tracts in the County are important to both
the economy as well as the quality of life of our residents. Currently Buncombe County has 1,073
farms, covering a total of 72,284 acres, up just slightly from the previous agricultural census.
However, both the count and the number of acres dedicated to agriculture have trended
downward since 2006. Losses total approximately 100 farms and 20,000 acres during this
- Encourage growth and development activities in areas where appropriate infrastructure is
- Increase education initiatives for farmers.
- Increase market opportunities for farms.
- Increase conservation efforts.