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Buncombe Receives Over $400,000 in Grants for Farmland Preservation


Farmland Preservation

In July, the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund announced they recently awarded more than $4.6 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises. Conservation easements were obtained on 2,590 acres of land across the state through the grants.

Of the $4.6 million and 2,590 acres of land, Buncombe Soil and Water Conservation District received $198,650 to help put a perpetual conservation easement on an 85-acre farm in Sandy Mush and $268,950 to preserve a perpetual conservation easement on 135 acres of farm and forestland in Sandy Mush.

“This is an important day for farm families in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These easements ensure that these working farms remain in production for many years to come and help to keep agriculture as our state’s top industry.”

The Buncombe County Soil & Water Conservation District's mission is to conserve the soil, water, and related natural resources of Buncombe County by providing education, information, technical assistance, and economic incentives to County citizens and by establishing new programs in concert with other appropriate organizations to meet changing needs. This mission is significant because the County's water quality is vital for those utilizing our streams as a source of agricultural water supply and for those taking advantage of wide range of recreational activities.

Learn more about their great activities and programs by visiting their page.