Locals Farms and Food
Well-managed farms and associated woodlands enhance our communities by producing food and other crops and sustaining local economies. TLC's fams and food benefits builds on our core work to identify and protect traditional farming communities (like our work in Chatham County's Silk Hope community) to incrase opportunities for local food production by playing a more active role in local food initiatives. For instance, we will work to increase access by farmers to TLC lands by looking to replicate our success at Irvin Farm, and look to support community gardens.
TLC supports local farms and food by
• working with farm owners to protect their land so they can stay in business
• requiring conservation plans on all TLC-protected farms
• providing opportunities for education, research, and food, crop, and timber production on TLC-owner farmland
• encouraging and helping partner organizations protect farmland that may be used for these activities.
"I just really love the outdoors. For me, it’s the belief in something bigger than myself and also having the ability to leave a legacy, because this is all we’ve got."