November 7, 2023

A new fund being launched in coordination with former Belk CEO Tim Belk aims to preserve the Charlotte area’s rapidly disappearing farmland.

Why it matters: Affordable farmland is increasingly difficult to come by in a fast-growing city like Charlotte, where land is often gobbled up for new apartments and other developments.

 

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November 27, 2022

Check out our article in Forbes. “The Conservation Fund’s Working Farms Fund sprouted in early 2021. It’s a revolving fund the nonprofit uses to buy mostly small to mid-sized farms at risk of being lost to development. The land is matched with next-generation farmers who can lease the property for three to five years with an exclusive option to buy.”

 

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February 14, 2022

Philadelphia, PA — The program has helped 25 small, organic farmers preserve and cultivate 355 acres of farmland around Atlanta, launching new generations of growers and a healthy locally produced food scene. Could Philly be next?

 

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August 9, 2021

Atlanta, GA — A program being started in Atlanta helps midsize farmers buy their own land while providing much-needed fresh food to urban consumers.

 

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May 7, 2021

Decatur, GA — The Global Growers Network this week announced the purchase of a 23-acre property in Rockdale County, Ga.

 

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May 6, 2021

Decatur, GA — The Global Growers Network this week announced the purchase of a 23-acre property in Rockdale County, Ga.

 

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January 15, 2021

The Fund’s Stacy Funderburke joins this episode of the Off-Farm Income podcast to talk about the Working Farms Fund and discuss a question that is becoming increasingly popular: “How can I start a farm?”

 

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January 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott issued a statement in response to USDA awarding 85 new partnership projects through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

 

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December 1, 2020

Atlanta, GA — Cary Estes writes about the Working Farms Fund in the Winter 2020 edition of The Land Report.

 

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November 13, 2019

Atlanta, GA — “The food purchase agreement with Emory, one of the largest employers in the metro area, means those farmers will always have a buyer for their crops, providing a reliable stream of income for them to sustain their businesses.”

 

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November 13, 2019

Atlanta, GA — Associated Press reports on Emory University’s decision to foster a new generation of farmers close to Atlanta.

 

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