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Grayson LandCare

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Monthly Meetings

Please join us for our
monthly meeting on the third
Monday of every month at
7:00 PM at the Historic
1908 Courthouse in
Independence, VA.

Standing Committees

Agriculture and Gardening

Communications and Outreach


Natural Resources

Major Initiatives

Independence Farmers Market

Save Green Expo

Land Stewardship Competition

Appalachian Food Hub

Beginning Farmer and
Rancher Coalition Program

Alternative Forest Products

Seeds of Change

New River River Watchers



Horticulture Specialist to Speak at Grayson LandCare Meeting

Grayson LandCare is pleased to have Suzanne Slack speak at their monthly meeting, Monday, September 21st at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of the Historic 1908 Courthouse.

Suzanne Slack is horticulture specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension in Carroll County. Slack graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in plant pathology in December 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Penn State.

The Pennsylvania native came by her interest in horticulture because of her family’s businesses. Her father’s family had a farm and her grandmother was a florist, so she has been around growing things all her life.

“My emphasis is commercial horticulture, so I will work with anyone who grows/sells plants, crops or value-added products such as wine and cider or landscaping services,” Slack said. “My counties are Carroll, Grayson and Wythe and I am housed at the Carroll County Extension Office in Hillsville.”

Slack’s special interest is in tree fruit and she is working with the apple growers in the area. “I’d like people to know I’m here for any question about horticulture,” Slack said. “I want to get involved in the community, get to know the people and established growers.”

For more information call the Carroll County Extension office at (276) 730-3110.

Junior LardCare Australia

The Junior Landcarer - Australia
July/August 2015 Issue

Please review proposed bylaw changes prior to our
Annual Meeting in October

Click here to download the PDF file.

Save Green Expo 2015
Exhibitor Application Is Available Here!

New location for 2015:
Independence Fire Hall
529 Davis Street beside the Post Office
Independence, Virginia
September 12, 2015
9am - 3pm

Grayson LandCare
Calendar of Events
can be found here!

Approved 2015 GLC Vision Statements

In this article you will find up to date goals
that have been set by the organization.

Please take a look...
Be informed, get involved!

Grayson LandCare a case study in international journal.

The challenge of reconciling development objectives in the context of demographic change
Evaluating asset-based development in Appalachia

John Provo et Mel Jones

Click HERE for the web version
Click HERE for the PDF file

Grayson LandCare
Membership Dues for 2015

Click HERE to pay dues on-line.

LandCare International

LandCare e-news

June 2013 Issue

Welcome to the sixth edition of Landcare International e-news—news from Landcare International (LI) June 2013.

This newsletter is designed to share short articles, events, new book releases and other information on landcare developments around the world.

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Orchards of Hope:
High School Students Plant Trees
on Food Day

Orchards of Hope brings fruit trees into public spaces, school grounds, county parks and wellness centers in Alleghany County, NC. This project enables residents of the community to pick and consume fresh fruit. In honor of National Food Day, the Appalachian Agriculture Coalition led high school students in planting fruit trees at the Moxley Road Community Garden site.

Proceed to their very informative web site...

Orchards Of Hope Tree Planting

Farmer's Market Affordability

By: Tom Peterson,

This year, nearly 8,000 farmers markets have connected farmers to consumers across the United States. That’s double the number from a decade ago, and it’s a number that depends on an increasing nationwide preference for fresh food. In fact, 68 per cent of Americans say they eat more fresh food than they did five years ago, according to a study from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For many, the source of much of that food—and perhaps the source of that shift in habits—is a local farmers market.

Yet despite this broad movement toward a different kind of eating, ...
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The Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Grayson LandCare: Discovery/Creation of Sustainable Ways of Life and Leadership for the Future

The question “what shall we do about it?”
is only asked by those who do not understand
the problem. 
If a problem can be solved at all,
to understand it and to know what to do about it
are the same thing.
(Watts, 75)

I. The Challenge

In the face of unprecedented environmental, economic, and social changes, too frequently our understandings and responses fail to achieve desired and necessary results.  A lack of clarity about how to keep up with the dynamic of the present, much less step confidently into the future, has left communities, commercial enterprises, states, and nations confused.  Often they are badly divided as to the nature of the forces contributing to their distresses and about potential remedies that might offer relief. 

Discovering what must be done in each locale to achieve sustainable, resilient landscapes, watersheds, communities, businesses, and governments is only half the challenge.  Finding ways to implement necessary and beneficial change at sufficient scale and to sustain it through time is work that must engage all present and future generations. Virginia Tech has an important and exciting opportunity/responsibility for leadership in exploration of existing and emergent needs and the means to meet them.

For a major land grant university like Virginia Tech, the challenge is complicated. Institutions of higher learning have specific momentum as a result of having succeeded in devising improved understandings, technologies, and management systems with tight focus on a limited number of interests.  Investment in research and development by discipline has been rewarded as a result of success in expanding our understandings of new worlds unanticipated and unimagined just a few short years ago.  Genetic engineering, nanotechnology, information technology, sub-atomic physics, and marketing have increased human capacity to manipulate the physical world, living biomass, and behavior.  Recognition and financial rewards have followed.  More of the same is anticipated. 

Yet out beyond these successes remains a larger world where other pressing problems are not being resolved or even addressed.  Water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource.  Soil losses in some places have dramatically reduced the potential for food, fiber, fuel, and forage production.  Where people and opportunities don’t meet in the same time and place, standards of living have fallen or remained stagnant.  Financial returns to agriculture and forestry minimally support a majority of those living on the land, if at all.  The growth of human populations and the restless migrations away from scarcity mean that the global community is becoming “unsettled” on a scale unimaginable fifty years ago.

II. The Academic Community

In order to study a phenomenon, there must be some degree of control over the subject of inquiry or else cause and effect will not be understood and findings will be open to question. ...

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by Jerry Moles)

2015 Agribusiness Tour

Grayson LandCare was a sponsor of this year's tour, which is coordinated by Kevin Spurlin, Cooperative Extension Agent. About 50 people attended, including many county officials and employees.

Tiny House Tour

Ten of us visited this just-built tiny house, which will be pulled this weekend to Raleigh and be the home for a member's grandson.

Galax High School Students Participate
in Land Stewardship Competition


Grayson LandCare Stewardship Competition for 2015

At our January 2014 meeting, Katie Trozzo, a graduate student at Virginia Tech, gave a fascinating presentation on Non-Timber Forest Products.

Download the power point presentation (download here) that accompanied her lecture. If you are interested in finding out more about what she is doing or finding out if your property has the potential to grow or harvest non-timber forest products, please fill out and e-mail back her survey (download here).

Austrailian LandCare Coordinator
Visits Grayson County

Geoff Rollinson - Austrailian LandCare Coordinator

On Saturday, December 7th, Geoff Rollinson came to Independence for the Winter Market and the Christmas Parade.

Grayson Land Care Float in the Independence, VA Christmas Parade
The Farmers Market Float in the Independence Christmas Parade

He later had dinner with the Grayson LandCare Board of Directors at the home of Scott & Loren Webster in Mouth of Wilson.

Grayson LandCare Board Meeting

Geoff is the Coordinator for the Heytesbury District Landcare Network in Timboon, Victoria. He came to the US for a workshop at the Smithsonian Biodiversity Research Center and scheduled a visit to the first US LandCare organization, Grayson LandCare. We learned about the Australian model of Landcare, which is partially supported by the government and managed in a hierarchical structure, although the decisions about what will be done are made by landowners and, for the most part, carried out by landowners and volunteers. He was very complimentary of our efforts and enjoyed the warm welcome and hospitality he received here.

A Day at the Farm: Stories

Blue Ridge Discovery Center
Music at the Discovery Center

On Saturday, October 19th, folks gathered at the Matthews Living Historic Farm Museum for its annual Apple Harvest Day. Though slightly on the chilly side, with a bit of sprinkles thrown in, we hosted a steady stream of people of all ages from infants to geezers coming and going throughout the day. Musicians positioned themselves on the porch of the log cabin, and played traditional mountain tunes while people visited and caught up on neighborly news and gossip.

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Natural Resource Management

Nov. 2013 Newsletter in PDF

Dec. 2013 Newsletter in PDF

Independence Farmers Market Grant!

The USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program awards $26,488 to Grayson LandCare, Inc., Independence, VA, to professionalize the Independence Farmers Market with a permanent market manager and Board of Directors and to promote it as a viable, self‐sustaining retail outlet for local growers and a venue for consumers to buy
local fresh produce, meats, and eggs.

We were one of only five markets in Virginia to receive an award.
Thank-you Grayson LandCare for all you did to make this possible!

Rick Cavey
Independence Farmers’ Market Manager

This is a must watch!

"Every time you sit down to a meal, you're voting on what kind of agriculture you want."

Watch this 5-minute film on Nebraska meat producers who put the needs of the soil and the animals first--and are finding that consumers respond, making their techniques MORE profitable while they feel good about what they are doing.

In Short Supply:
Small Farmers and the Struggle to Deliver Healthy Food To Your Plate

The American food system doesn't make it easy for small farmers to get their healthy food to your home, but meet two farmers in Scott County, VA who are trying: Ricky Horton and Sherilyn Shepard. They're siblings who grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables in southwestern Virginia. Their livelihood is filled with uncertainties ranging from unpredictable weather to changing immigration laws. This is their story.

"With appreciation of our past and awareness of our present, we can create a safe, sane future."

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To Feed Families
Published in the
Appalachian Voice
David Brewer
6 Ways
Can Save The World
Paul Stamets

The Virginia Tech
College of Natural Resources
Grayson LandCare:
Discovery/Creation of
Sustainable Ways of Life
Leadership for the Future
Jerry Moles, Ph.D.
LandCare Teaches Me
Jerry Moles, Ph.D.
Jerry Moles Named 2012
Purpose Prize Fellow
US LandCare Groups
Offer Opportunity for SAF
to Serve Society at the
Local Level
Society of
American Foresters
Article about
Grayson LandCare
In Australia!

I'd Rather Pay the Farmer
Than The Hospital
A must see video!
Beekeepers Buzzing
About New Grant
Ashley McLeod,
Capital News Service
Matthews Foundation
Funds LandCare-Tech

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