Entries by admin

Update on the sale of Coggins Farm and Direction of the CCP

Greetings Friends & Supporters, It’s been confirmed that the sale of the 169 acre Coggins Farm property has officially closed by developer, David Case of Case Enterprises on Monday, June 22nd. Case Enterprises received approval this February from the Buncombe County Planning Board to develop a private 99-lot subdivision on the property. Originally naming the […]

Controversy over Proposed Recycling Plant near Enka

What are your thoughts on the proposed state-of-the-art regional Recycling Plant on 53 acre tract of land on Pond Road near Enka? The site of the proposed facility is within the Employment District zoning, which allows for offices, industry, storage, warehousing and wholesale trade, but neighbors are distraught about the potential increase traffic, obstruction of […]

NEW RURALISM…have you heard of it?

The concept of New Ruralism is very aligned with the Coggins Conservation Project’s long-term goals in the southeast region and Appalachia. Read “A Call for New Ruralism” by Sibella Kraus in the link below to learn more. Sibella Kraus is the Project Director, Institute of Urban & Regional Development New Ruralism Initiative, and the President of […]

Weaverville Residents Voice Concerns about Subdivision Development

Subdivisions overtaking open space and farmland is an unfortunate theme that’s affecting our region, especially around the city of Asheville. It’s no longer a question of IF we will grow…it’s a question of HOW we will grow. Weaverville residents are voicing their concerns over a 65 acre piece of land in the neighborhood, which a […]

Sustainable Food in Urban Communities

We came across a really inspiring project that recently took place across Europe, which captured valuable data and developed resources that support the development of localized food systems in urban communities. From May 2012- April 2015, the URBACT Thematic Network “Sustainable Food in Urban Communities”, ran a project involving 10 European cities that wish to grow, deliver […]

Seeds are currency.

We are inspired by the Food is Free Project from Austin, TX. Food is Free project is a 501c3 non-profit that highlights the importance of growing and accessing locally grown food, as well as its ability to bridge community connections. Through this active and growing community building and gardening movement, their mission is to gain […]

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 […]

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 […]