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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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[…]
July 7th Saving Place, Saving Grace “Saving Place, Saving Grace” is the story of a Trappist monastery’s struggle for reformation of their home by embracing an intense sustainability initiative. Witness the monks land stewardship, prayer, and work ethic as the core of the community at Holy Cross Abbey. It’s a race against time to retain their[…]
Matthews Living History Farm Museum, 476 White Pine Road, Galax Map. A quote from the website: Our story is the story of Appalachia, the story of rugged beauty, self-reliance, perseverance, and the abundance of nature. We will meet at 7:00 at the Pavilion (straight up the driveway) for a POTLUCK PICNIC. Plates, cups, napkins, utensils[…]
May 5th First Friday Film Series Presents: Green Fire The First Friday Film Series, hosted by Grayson LandCare & Church of the Good Shepherd brings documentary films to the public, complete with popcorn and panel discussions afterwards. First Fridays at 7:00 pm, April through August at Church of the Good Shepherd: 9441 Grayson Pkwy, Galax. May 5th Green[…]
First Friday Film Series The First Friday Film Series, hosted by Grayson LandCare & Church of the Good Shepherd brings documentary films to the public, complete with popcorn and panel discussions afterwards. First Fridays at 7:00 pm, April through August at Church of the Good Shepherd: 9441 Grayson Pkwy, Galax. April 7th Polyfaces: A World of[…]
Grayson LandCare Monthly Meeting Monday, March 20th, 7 pm Robert Smith presents: “Torrefaction: Transforming forestry waste into an excellent organic fertilizer while sequestering carbon to fight climate change and creating free energy.” Robert Smith is a Vietnam era veteran who studied nuclear electronics and served aboard the USS Enterprise. He earned undergraduate degrees in Economics[…]
At our February meeting, Jerry Moles discussed the founding of Grayson LandCare and its international partners around the world. 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[…]
Grayson LandCare is awarding mini-grants up to $500 for projects led by members that have significant interest and fit our mission. We have had 10 projects presented to the membership, and we have awarded three mini-grants so far this year. The Stream Restoration Project purchased over 1,000 live stakes and showed landowners how to plant[…]
Volunteers from Grayson LandCare, under the expert guidance of Charlie Whittle, helped Todd and Gloria Price prune his father’s old heritage apple orchard on a beautiful February Saturday. Our chainsaw experts took out a lot of dead wood, the Intrepid Scion Wood Hunters carefully harvested heritage scion wood for grafting, and remaining branches were pruned[…]