Farmland Values Project
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Farm Prosperity Project

Seven regional, state and national organizations, led by North Carolina State University, have teamed together to launch a grant-funded study intended to preserve western North Carolina farmland and farm heritage. The Farm Prosperity Project will identify crops and farmland preservation methods that help sustain the longevity of farmland in our region. The project area includes Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, and Haywood counties.

This three year project is led by Dr. Jeanine Davis of NC State University with a team of cooperators from Land of Sky Regional Council, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, American Farmland Trust, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and Warren WIlson College. It is funded by a USDA-NRI grant.

The end result will be a decision-making model to help farmers choose the best new crops and farmland preservation methods to ensure the long-term sustainability and profitability of their farms. The project also intends to demonstrate the economic importance of agriculture in WNC, and encourage local leaders to view agriculture as an important component essential to the economic vitality of the region.

For more information about the Farm Prosperity Project, please visit
  Thinking about the land in the Swannanoa Valley: results of a PhotoVoice Project
Thinking about the Land in the Swannanoa Valley: Results of a PhotoVoice Project is a picture exhibition which presents the results of a research project conducted in the Swannanoa Valley in 2008. The project´s aims were to understand the inhabitants´ perceptions of their land and landscape through pictures which were taken by them. The exhibition will present those pictures showing the inhabitants´ representations of the land and what should, according to them, be protected in their area. This study is a part of the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Researcher Project, led by the University of Georgia and the USDA Forest Service. Overall project goals within the Coweeta LTER are to understand the effects of disturbance on the natural environment in the Southern Appalachian region. The exhibition will be held from May to July 2009 at the Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain, NC, in the Public Libraries of Black Mountain and of Swannanoa, and online on the Coweeta website.
  Exhibition Schedule:

Beginning May, 15 2009: Exhibition at the Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain

June 2009: Exhibition at the Public Library in Black Mountain

4th of June 2009, 7pm: Public meeting at the Public Library of Black Mountain

July 2009: Exhibition at the Public Library of Swannanoa

More information is available at or via email.

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