Coggins Farm Conservation Asheville

Visioning Day May 16th!

Join the Visioning Day at Coggins Farm Saturday, May 16th!  A fun day to learn more about the conservation-based model for sustainable growth around our city.  Come on out for guided tours of what the Coggins Conservation Project would look like in action and gather with others who are passionate about preserving farmland and open space in our community.  Share on FaceBook Here.

This model provides an alternative to the private subdivision slated for the land. The struggle to save Coggins Farm is happening now. Our community is coming together with a clear alternative vision, anchored by the values we want to see carried to the next generation in these mountains.

We’re taking a strong stand now, as a community, to set the stage for our collective future.

Tours start at 11 am, 2pm and 5pm. We’ll have T-Shirts available for participants! Bring a picnic, join the fun, and pow-wow about amping up the movement to preserve farmland and open space in WNC!


Presentation of the Alternative Conservation Plan for Coggins Farm: MAY 7th

Coggins Conservation Project will provide a formal presentation of its business model to the community at large on May 7, 2015, 7pm at 67 Biltmore Avenue (previously Laurey’s) in downtown Asheville. This event is free and open to the public.


Coggins Conservation Project (CCP) announces its new ruralism business model as an alternate exit strategy for retiring farmers. The CCP is attempting to assume the current developer’s contract on the Coggins Farm™ property in East Asheville and aims to establish a center for sustainable agriculture and farmland preservation. Currently in the region, career farmers have had few retirement options. In the past 10 years, open land and farms in Western NC have given way to suburban sprawl. As a result, an increasing number of rural communities on the edges of cities have lost their biodiverse habitats and land used for local food production. The co-founders of CCP have developed a business model to incorporate some suburban-rural population growth while maintaining necessary space for sustainable agriculture and conservation of natural habitat. The goal is to establish a model site on Coggins Farm™ just outside of Asheville, NC and then aid other communities throughout Southern Appalachia and beyond.

“Conserving open space in perpetuity has been a driving mission for the CCP,” says Nesta Kennedy, co-founder. “The project was born from our desire to preserve one of the last large pieces of open farmland on the outskirts of the city. As we’ve seen support rally around this concept, it’s grown into something more: we want Asheville to be a mecca for new, sustainable ways of living. What better way than to create a solid, thriving model for alternative growth in our rural communities?”

The CCP new ruralism model aims to recognize the needs of the individual farmer while maintaining dynamic agri-diversity in the region and support for active farms that contribute to the growth of the economy.

As Ron Ainspan, owner of Mountain Food Products, puts it, “Our region has been instrumental in developing and nurturing local food chains. We see the conservation initiative for the Coggins property as further inspiration for that effort. At the same time, we live in an area experiencing population growth. An approach which integrates a small residential component accommodates the population demand while not crowding out the agricultural contribution or the rural character”.

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