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.
WHAT IS LANDCARE?
LandCare is a democratic approach to community development with three goals, (1) increase the incomes of the citizens, (2) improve community services and amenities, and (3) protect the resources upon which our lives depend, our food, water, and air. This is about making sure that our great, great grandchildren have the same quality of food, water, and air as we do while we remain secure with an acceptable lifestyle.
There is also an ethic of civility that requires that we be open and honest in our dealings with each other, willing to listen to other points of view, and, when in doubt, seek expert counsel to guide our decisions.
LandCare is rooted in the belief that ultimately each community must decide what is best for itself. Experience in Australia over the past 20 years has shown that, with the involvement of the people, communities can better serve themselves.
The magic of LandCare is no magic at all. What has made the difference is that when people sit down with enough time to fully weigh their alternatives, community solutions can be found that benefit everyone.
What is LandCare? LandCare is everyone working together for the betterment of all.
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Grayson LandCare and Blue Ridge Discovery Center have partnered for a reading by local author Jim Minick from his new book: Fire is Your Water on November 20th, at the Grayson LandCare office (108 Courthouse Street) in Independence at 7:00 pm. Minick will share a presentation on folk healing tradition, answer questions, and sign books. […]
The Grayson Permaculture Group recently installed swales as part of a food forest design at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Galax. A swale is a shallow trench dug along the land’s contour, with a berm on the downhill side. All points along a contour line are exactly the same height, therefore, a trench[…]
Excert from the Galax Gazette online, Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm By SHAINA STOCKTON and D.T. CLARK Veterans seeking to transition from their life in service to a career in agriculture will have some new resources to help them along the way. According to a recent announcement, the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran[…]
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Join us for Grayson LandCare’s Annual Meeting, Potluck Dinner, & Service Auction! 6:00 pm, Monday, October 16th, 2017 at Summerfield Farm (the Fant’s residence), 6957 Peach Bottom Road, Independence, VA 24348 Please bring a friend and a dish to share! Sign up for the potluck at http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=NYWW3214&v=a5909bff60 Service Auction Items Include: Michelle Pridgen: Learn to make soap—the[…]
Published in the Independence Declaration By Shaina Stockton Tuesday, September 19, 2017 INDEPENDENCE — The Free Market, a new resource offered by Grayson LandCare in the former Briarpatch Metalworks building in Independence, celebrated their grand opening with an open house and ribbon untying ceremony last Thursday. Grayson LandCare President Kathy Cole used recycled ribbons for the ceremony[…]
Grayson LandCare has signed a one-year lease for the former Briarpatch Metalworks building on N. Independence Avenue, where the organization is offering a new community resource: the Free Market. Kathy Cole, Grayson LandCare President, announced the new project during the Board of Supervisors meeting on August 10th. The Free Market, which opened on August 31,[…]
Grayson LandCare will host Snow Ferreniea in a presentation exploring how to turn your property into a wildlife friendly place on September 18th at 7:00 pm at the Grayson LandCare office, 108 Courthouse Drive, Independence. Ferreniea grew up in SE England and was a student at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. After graduating from[…]
Sunday, July 30th, 1-6 PM LIVE MUSIC by The Kind Thieves & Buddhagraph Spaceship FOOD TRUCKS Creek Bottom Brews The Galax Smokehouse The Taco Trolley Shell-Chelle’s Snowcones FREE ADMISSION! Independence & Fries Farmers Market Vendors Offering Fresh, Local Veggies, Crafts, & Baked Goods Kids Activities! Bring a Blanket or Chair & JOIN US @THE[…]
Is climate change a scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? All that, and more? The feature-length documentary COMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects[…]