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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Please take a few minutes to review the minutes from our May Meeting. Meeting Minutes July 2016
If you haven’t been to a meeting lately, the winds of change are blowing through Grayson LandCare! We very much want to have members involved in projects that benefit our citizens and our landscapes, so we are moving our emphasis to active projects,focusing on fewer meetings and more action! If someone has a passion, expertise[…]
Monday, September 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm @ Grayson LandCare office, 108 Courthouse Drive, Independence Anthony Flaccavento will present an overview of his new book, Building a Healthy Economy From the Bottom Up. Then he will lead a discussion applying the ideas to our area: What are we already doing to build a healthy economy? What more could[…]
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[…]