For information on the protection of property in Anson, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, and Stanly counties,
contact Kevin Redding.
James Moss has long enjoyed his time at his family's farm located
between Badin and New London in Stanly County. Throughout his
lengthy career with the N.C. Department of Corrections the farm offered
a stillness that he looked forward to. Now beginning his
retirement, James makes the short trip from his residence in Albemarle
to the farm almost daily. To James, getting out and walking
around the farm offers the perfect opportunity to combine physical
exercise and mental refreshment.
Thanks to James and Rebecca's recent bargain sale of a conservation
easement on the farm, future generations will always be able to find a
similar peace on the farm. Just as importantly, the prime
farmland soils will forever be available for agricultural production in
this rapidly developing section of Stanly County. The LandTrust's
involvement was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. The
Moss Farm consists primarily of row crops raised and harvested by a
community farmer. In recent years the leasing farmer has
implemented crop rotations as well as no till practices while
cultivating corn, cotton, and wheat. Abundant wildlife such as
deer and wild turkeys are known to inhabit the hardwood forests
bordering the fields. Perhaps most impressive is the recognition
of the farm as a North Carolina Century Farm, an honor bestowed upon
farms being owned and operated by the same family for over one hundred
It is also noteworthy that the Moss Farm shares a
common boundary with the Boy Scouts of America's Camp John J.
Barnhardt, a regionally significant summer camp for youth.
Furthermore, Mr. Moss' grandfather originally donated several hundred
acres of property to the Boy Scouts during its establishment. The
importance of Camp Barnhardt is that it contains nearly one thousand
acres of invaluable wildlife habitat, relatively undisturbed natural
areas, and educational opportunities for adolescents. With the
gifts to the Boy Scouts and the permanent preservation of the family
farm, the Moss family is poised to leave one of Stanly County's most
"Having been involved with
Scouting throughout my youth, it is very gratifying to be involved with
a project that not only protects 96 acres of great farmland, but also
provides a buffer for Camp Barnhardt" says Kevin Redding, Uwharrie Land
Specialist. "We are especially grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Moss
for their patience and flexibility as we worked on this project.
Hopefully, this project can lead us towards the preservation of more of
Stanly County's beautiful farmland."