Alluvial Pond


For information on the protection of property in Anson, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, and Stanly counties,
contact Kevin Redding.

 

Barber Farm

Rowan County

240 acres under conservation easement

Utilizing the North Carolina Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, The LandTrust for Central North Carolina assisted in the permanent preservation of the Barber Farm, an active family farm. 

This project completed came through the dedication of sisters Rebecca Barber Floyd and Joyce Ann Barber who acted to protect their family's legacy farm in Cleveland, North Carolina near Barber Junction.  Protecting this 242 National Register Historic Landmark in Rowan County reached "High Priority" status the moment it was introduced to The LandTrust in 1997.  The farm truly allows for a step back in time a living museum demonstrative of agricultural landscapes and equipment from days gone by.  The pastoral beauty of the farm is matched only by the striking splendor of the mid-19th century homeplace lovingly restored by Rebecca and Joyce Ann.

Executive Director Jason Walser noted, "Protection of the Barber Farm is an incredible victory for us.  Not only have we preserved an important piece of Rowan County history with this project, we have also protected prime agricultural soils, scenic vistas enjoyed from Highways 70 and 801, important wildlife habitat, and a significant riparian buffer along Witherow's Creek.  In a way this project encapsulates all that The LandTrust is about farmland, natural area, cultural heritage, and water quality conservation."

While the use of the NC Farmland Preservation Trust Fund does pay the landowner for a portion of the development rights given up by the conservation easement, in every case the landowners are still donating a much greater value than what they are receiving.  That is, the value of what they give up far exceeds that amount of money they receive typically by 70-90%.

Another interesting aspect of this project is that The LandTrust was also able to utilize funds from the Federal Farmland Preservation Program of the USDA.  With help from the local Natural Resource Conservation Service, we were able to put together the first successful federal farmland grant application to bring federal funds into Piedmont North Carolina for farmland preservation.  Since the new Farm Bill allocates hundreds of millions of dollars to Farmland Preservation, this successful project utilizing both state and federal sources bodes well for our ability to tap into these funds again in the future.

To date, The Landtrust has accomplished 5 projects employing the state and federal farmland preservation programs.  Combined, these two programs have helped us ensure the permanent protection of 934 acres.  Due to current budget constraints the immediate future of the state program is uncertain.  However, the LandTrust is optimistic the outlook will eventually improve and we will continue to move forward in preserving the south Piedmont's finest family farms.

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Physical Address: 215 Depot Street Salisbury, NC 28144 PH 704.647.0302

Contact The LandTrust for Central NC at landtrust@landtrustcnc.org