2014 Business of Farming Conference: WNC FarmLink

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2014 Business of Farming Conference: WNC FarmLink

  1. 1. Cameron Farlow Land Access Coordinator www.wncfarmlink.org cameron@wncfarmlink.org (828)338-9465
  2. 2. "I just don't see myself being able to buy land," Evans says. "What farmland there is, it’s very, very expensive. If you're not independently wealthy or not inheriting family land, how do you come about finding a farm?” – Joe Evans of Paper Crane Farm in Mars Hill
  3. 3. “In the next 20 years, 70 percent of the nation’s farmland will change hands. Farmers do not live forever, and most farm kids do not choose to carry on the family business. An eager generation of young Americans is motivated to farm but, they need land and few will be able to secure it without help.” - Lindsey & Benjamin Shute, “Keeping Farmland for Farmers”; NY Times 9-30-2013
  4. 4. By connecting retiring farmers, absentee landowners, and heirs of farmers who may be unsure of what they should do with their land with aspiring farmers who are eager to farm we can begin to address these challenges in WNC.
  5. 5.  Alleghany  Haywood  Swain  Ashe  Henderson  Transylvania  Avery  Jackson  Watauga  Buncombe  Macon  Wilkes  Burke  Madison  Yancey  Caldwell  McDowell  Cherokee  Mitchell  Clay  Polk  Graham  Rutherford
  6. 6.  Database of interested landowners and farm seekers  Vet potential matches  Guide, facilitate landowners and seekers toward successful land arrangements  Connect with resources  Collaborate with regional partners  Create guides, tools, workshops, other resources
  7. 7.  What tools/resources would be the most helpful to you?  What types of workshops or events would you like to see or attend?  How do I reach willing landowners?  How will this program be successful in WNC?
  8. 8. WNC FarmLink Cameron Farlow Land Access Coordinator Email: cameron@wncfarmlink.org (828)338-9564 www.wncfarmlink.org

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