Shop to support conservation by visiting our Land Trust Day retail partners: Mast General Store, New Morning Gallery, Bellagio Art to Wear, Bellagio Everyday, Second Gear, the Weinhaus, Wild Birds Unlimited, Mobilia, or Four Corners Home.
On Saturday, June 7, these Asheville area businesses will donate a percentage of sales to support conservation in Western North Carolina. Local land trusts like the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC), work throughout the year to preserve productive farmland, scenic mountains, and clean streams that are important economic drivers for the region.
This first Saturday in June coincides with National Trails Day and has been designated Land Trust Day to recognize the link between the local economy and conservation of our area’s natural resources.
“We are very grateful to our partners in the business community for supporting our conservation work on Land Trust Day,” said Carl Silverstein, SAHC’s executive director. “By donating a portion of sales on June 7, they help protect the special places that draw so many residents and visitors to the Southern Appalachians. It’s a wonderful way for our local businesses to give back and help us build healthy communities.”
In conjunction with Land Trust Day, SAHC will also hold a free, open house tour of our Community Farm in Alexander, NC. Guided along an easy-to-moderate 1.5-mile Discovery Trail, participants will learn about the history of the farm, community involvement with volunteers, use of agricultural best management practices, trail construction, stream restoration project, short leaf pine restoration project, educational opportunities, and new Farmer Incubator Program. This guided hike is free for all participants and suitable for families with children, but registration is required.
In the past forty years, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has protected over 63,000 acres of unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland and scenic beauty across the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. Recently, SAHC established a Farmer Incubator Program at its Community Farm in Alexander, NC to provide low-cost access to land and resources for farmers to start new agricultural businesses