A vibrant community working together to improve our local economy and environment through sustainable practices
Grayson LandCare is a locally organized group of farmers, landowners, and residents concerned about economic and environmental problems in Grayson County and southwest Virginia. Grayson County has historically been a rural agricultural community based on small town values and the unique cultural identity of our beautiful Appalachian landscape. Unfortunately, rising land prices, higher property taxes, and competition from corporate farming threaten to overcome family farms, fragment our country landscape, and destroy our rural way of life.
Advocate solutions for the community of Grayson County, Virginia and the surrounding area.
Practice sustainable and equitable management of natural resources and the environment.
Increase the productivity and expand economic opportunities for local farmers, forest owners, and other citizens.
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Grayson Landcare invites everyone to see the film “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community” on Friday, August 5 at 7 PM with refreshments provided by the Church of the Good Shepherd. Climate change is here. Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of[…]
Join us Monday, July 18 at 7 PM @ 108 Courthouse Street Independence David Grimsley, of the Appalachian Herb Growers Consortium, will give a presentation about his work to cultivate a network of local farmers raising certified traditional Chinese herbs to supply a growing sector in health care. Please invite anyone you know who would be[…]
Please take a few minutes to review the minutes from our May Meeting. Meeting Minutes June 2016
In June, five members of Grayson LandCare carpooled to Draper, VA to visit Pulaski Grow, a new nonprofit housed in and around the old elementary school there. We were given a tour by Lee Spiegel, the energetic and creative founder and executive director of this aquaponic/hydroponic food system. Indoor tanks grow tilapia, and the fish[…]
Grayson LandCare is sponsoring a presentation by Bill Kavorik, professor of media history, environmental journalism, media law, and digital imaging at Radford University. He will share a new “Tree of Life” project, joining the arts, humanities and sciences with agriculture along the Southern Appalachians. Dr. Kavorik’s research is located at the intersection of communications and[…]
In April, Liza Dobson, Masters Candidate in Horticulture at Virginia Tech, presented her assessment of a Tech-supported gardening project in Grayson County. Recipients of Feeding America food assistance were given growing containers, seeds and starts to grow food at their homes in 2014 and 2015. Liza visited the participants in their homes and did an[…]
Please take a few minutes to review the minutes from our May Meeting. Meeting Minutes May 2016
Friday, June 3rd, The First Friday Film Series, hosted by Grayson LandCare & The Church of the Good Shepherd will screen Numen: The Healing Power of Plants, complete with popcorn and panel discussions afterwards. Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, is a 75-minute documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural[…]
Please Join Us To Help Celebrate The Grand Opening of Our NEW Office in Independence Friday, May 13th 2016 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Ribbon Cutting 2:00 pm 108 Courthouse Street Refreshments Provided
Cash Prizes were awarded to Grayson High School students in the 2016 Grayson LandCare Land Stewardship Competition on Saturday April 23rd, at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence. 8th grader Mary Ellen Wingate was awarded the $1000 first prize for her project “Recycle & Redesign: Doggone Tired” Kyndra Brewer and Ashley Weimann, 11th and 12th graders,[…]