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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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[…]
On Saturday, February 25th, Dr. L. David Roper drove his electric car to Independence to share his knowledge of climate change with 52 interested citizens at the Historic 1908 Courthouse. Dr. Roper is a retired professor and former chair of the Physics Department at VA Tech and has a passionate interest in the science of global[…]
Our annual public education event is on Earth Day this year, and we are joining with the Land Stewardship Contest for a wonderful day of learning and sharing! The Expo runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Grayson County High School Cafeteria in Independence and the contest is in an adjoining room from[…]
The First Friday Film Series, hosted by Grayson LandCare & The Church of the Good Shepherd brings documentary films to the public, complete with popcorn and panel discussions afterwards. April 7th, we will screen Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices Sponsored by: Grayson Natural Farms Set amidst the stunning Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, ‘Polyface Farm’[…]
Richmond, January 9, 2017 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications from Virginia landowners and governmental and non-governmental groups interested in protecting the state’s working farms through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This signup is limited to the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) component of this 2014 Farm Bill program, and focuses on saving[…]
Anthony Flaccavento, organic farmer, consultant and author, was the featured speaker for Grayson LandCare on Monday, September 19th. He talked about his recently published book, Building a Healthy Economy From the Bottom Up to a standing-room only audience, followed by Q & A and book-signing. His book begins with six myths about the economy that[…]