Farmland without Farmers

The Atlantic recently published an interesting article called Farmland without Farmers and discussing the negative affects of industrial farming on a longstanding culture.

It highlighted the decline of today’s active farmers and that most “field work” is completed by high tech machinery or airplanes. There is a major disconnect and limited contact between the farmer and its soil.

The rise in industrial farming has also deterred children and families from completing farmwork together on their land, mainly due to its dangerous and complex nature. A clear difference from mid century farm and countryside living.

This article expresses how a vital part of this countryside culture is being lost.

“We have an ancient and long-enduring cultural imperative of neighborly love and work. This becomes ever more important as hardly imaginable suffering is imposed upon all creatures by industrial tools and industrial weapons. If we are to continue, in our only world, with any hope of thriving in it, we will have to expect neighborly behavior of sciences, of industries, and of governments, just as we expect it of our citizens in their neighborhoods.”

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Strengthening Support for our Conservation Plan

In the last two weeks, the Coggins Conservation Project held a series of community meetings right on the gorgeous Coggins Farm. We shared the overview of the conservation plan to potential project participants, investors, and interested community members and then opened it up for Q&A and a collective discussion.

We were met with great enthusiasm and interest in helping this Conservation Plan become a reality. We welcome your interest and encourage you to reach out with your questions and proposals for connecting to the project. Investors and strategic partners have the opportunity to be involved through the project’s conservation efforts, small-footprint development, and/or innovative agricultural programming.

Contact us here.


Coggins Farm Featured in a Real Estate Ad

The developer has begun advertising the Coggins Farm as premier “mountain living” real estate. This comes less than a month after Buncombe County’s Planning Board approved the development proposal to subdivide the Coggins Farm into 99 private lots. This full page ad was published in last Sunday’s Citizen-Times.

Although the new development plan subdivides virtually all 169 acres of this North Carolina “Century Farm” into private lots and does not indicate any plans for land conservation or agricultural use, the developer has chosen to carry forward the historic name, “Coggins Farm”. This teaser states that “the seeds have been planted which will set a new standard for mountain living in the southeast”. We are left wondering what the real connection is between “planting seeds” and a full-scale subdivision development.

What’s your take? Comment here or send us a message. Our intention with these public notices is to keep the community informed and the conversation open. This land has incredible potential to support and enrich the Asheville community. This ad presents Coggins Farm as a subdivision, which hinders the opportunity for community connection, educational programming, land conservation, and agricultural use.