BRC to help family farms preserve land through grant programs

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Blue Ridge Conservancy to help family farms preserve land through grant programs

Grant program strives to support working western N.C. farmland

BOONE—In coordination with Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC), family farm owners located in Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties have the opportunity to receive grant money to preserve and protect their land at no cost through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation-Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) grant program.

The TVA program is offering grant money for conservation organizations like Blue Ridge Conservancy to promote and support western N.C. family farms. BRC is seeking to work with farm owners who want to preserve the agricultural, horticultural or forest areas within their land.

“We look forward to assisting families interested in protecting their land,” said BRC Executive Director Walter Clark. “Blue Ridge Conservancy would love to be a part of preserving working farmland in North Carolina.”

Grant monies may be used to:

  • Create a conservation easement for agricultural lands
  • Promote sustainable agriculture, horticultural and forestland programs
  • Develop agricultural plans

If you are interested working with BRC to preserve your family farmland or have further questions, please contact us at (828) 264-2511, or visit our website at blueridgeconservancy.org.

For more information on guidelines to receive grant funding please visit, www.ncagr.gov/environmentalprograms/, or call (919) 707-3071.

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