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North Carolina Farms. Transition and Prosperity.

 

Asheville, N.C. Farm in the Mountains

 

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we enjoy fresh produce here in North Carolina. Farmers' markets and tail gate markets make locally-grown foods  from our neighbors' farms readily available.  

However, as our population surges and development moves out toward rural lands, farm prosperity and farm transition are more and more on the minds of all concerned.

According to the National Resources Inventory, North Carolina is converting over 30,000 acres of prime farmland to development each year.

 

To address the resulting concerns, the Farm Prosperity Project, led by NC State University in partnership with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy,  Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy,  American Farmland Trust,  Land of Sky Regional Council, Warren Wilson College, (where REALTORS® in North Carolina do much of their hands-on training for the ECO designation)  and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project,  provides public outreach via educational workshops.

The Project  looks at solutions to the loss of farmland by combining new and promising crops with land protection measures such as those offered by local land trusts.  "The overarching goal of the project is to save farms and farmland ...by directly aiding farmers in increasing their economic prosperity," reports the Project.

The Farm Prosperity focuses attention on North Carolina farmland and farm heritage. The Farm Prosperity Project will identify crops and farmland preservation methods that help sustain the longevity of farmlands.

 A few topics of particular interest to real property investors include: 

  • Developing a Farm Transition Plan
  • Understanding Estate Planning Tools and Tactics
  • Managing Risk through Conservation Programs

If you want to help shape positive futures, attend any number of workshops that address remedies and solutions. You will be joined by Agricultural Educators, Community Leaders, Concerned Citizens, Farmers, Foresters and Ranchers, Farmland Protection Program Managers, Government Officials and Policymakers, Land Owners and Managers, Land Trust Staff and Volunteers, Natural Resource Professionals,  Researchers,
and Eco-Friendly REALTORS®, (I'm smiling).

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I think I've been to the property pictured...thanks to Arlene.  30,000 acres of NC farmland developed each year.  That's quite the alarming number.  More and more people I know are shopping at local farmers' markets and enjoying the fresh foods.  Local restaurants seem to be making more of an effort to use local produce, etc. as well.  And conservation easements set up to allow farmers to still work the land while protecting if from future development can truly be a viable option.
Posted by Corey Atherton (Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company) over 11 years ago
THIS property opens to the ridgetop. Beyond it are acres and acres of watershed property. The property is an example of the farms in transition. Does the family put this land into a conservation easement, or sell to an eco-friendly developer?  Much at stake and many hard decisions.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

This fits in with the presentation we had at the Eco Meeting on Wednesday concerning Conservation Easements and Greenways put on by Dwayne Stutzman of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  

We also try and buy local food when we can and support a neighborhood health food store whose owners also farm about two miles down the road. Cant get much more local than that! Alright, except out of our garden.  

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago
Somehow this kind of movement doesn't apply when your family farm sits right next to the state's most popular tourist attraction. My family farm.  Used to be a rural area, wound up next to the Concord Mills Mall development.  And property taxes so high!!!  We were leasing out the farm to some local boys to keep the farm exemption but it wasn't enough to offset.  We sold.  Two centuries of cotton/soybean/milo/cattle farming, now another development.  A nice one, mind you, with lots of green space and sold at a high price.  But the money doesn't fill the hole in my heart and soul.  Golly, that's probably a good post I should write....you are often an inspiration for me, janeAnne!
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) over 11 years ago
Isn't it interesting how the 'world' is finding that green can comfortably fit into most if not all lifestyles? It is about fitting into a mold, you can do the right thing regardless of your lifestyle.
Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 11 years ago

I'm certainly not as up to speed as any of you on this issue, but wouldn't the / a present use tax take care of this?  You're taxed for the use of your land vs. the 'highest and best' use.  '

I personally feel that if I buy land and build a home that MY taxes should relfect that development, not the local folks next to me.  Sure - they could sell their land for more now, but for example - with our lot, we bought 35 acres - protected the most developable land which is 1/2 mile of prime riverfront, and set of four 2-acre lots with a 2000 sf structural limit.  I don't know what this does to the adjacent taxes, however - we did buy the property out from under a developer as the landowner didn't want it getting stripped out, or buildings right on the river.

My wife's from this town (Marshall) and we've fit right back in, but I don't know yet about the taxes - but I do know that there would have been 10 or 15 homes on this property instead of 1 (and four ultimately, but one is a tear-down / rebuild). 

 Kevin Caldwell / Mountains-to-Sea Conservation, Inc.

Posted by Kevin Caldwell (Mountains-to-Sea Conservation, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Bill~

Thanks for the link to the presentation all you ECO -wise REALTORS saw. Good information, much appreciated. I have been wondering about including heirloom tomato seeds in my WELCOME HOME basket for clients ...along with a copy of the LocalFoods Directory.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Leigh~ 

Your is the first-hand account of change. As I read your story, I was moved to the bottom of my heart. "Progress" (as it is named) is strange. It happens despite being strange, though. Possibly, one day, there will be a safe-harbor for heritage  farms such as your family's...Here in the mountains, we are looking at the issues of losing our heritage farms with great trepidation.  

Advice and remedies are encouraged and requested!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Dena~

Hi! You commented, " Isn't it interesting how the 'world' is finding that green can comfortably fit into most if not all lifestyles?"  You must have noticed those solar panels in the pasture, eh?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Kevin~

You wrote, " I personally feel that if I buy land and build a home that MY taxes should reflect that development, not the local folks next to me."

As a real estate professional, such concepts always intrigue me, especially since most of my work involves heritage properties ripe for stewardship.I'm not quite sure-how such a plan would be implemented, but it does seem to make sense.

If we were to consider this from the perspective of heritage properties where might we end up? (see Leigh's post above)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Actually, I did notice the PV's in your picture. I'm noticing more all the time.
Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 11 years ago

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