a farm's last crop is asphalt. Every year more than 1
million acres of farmland are lost to sprawling development nationwide.
That's just about 3000 acres No issue will be more important in 21st
century America than how we use our dwindling land resources.
It seems like I've always had development knocking on every door that
I've called home. From the rustic remote log cabin that
I was raised in and the Cumberland Plateau farm that I worked and
grew up on, to the forest we lived in in Kingston Springs to the hollow
farm we now call home. In fact we weren't settled
into our farm for more the three months when a 40 acre farm not far
from us was chopped into 5 and 10 acre lots and sold.
When I passed the subdivided markers for the first time, I decided
then that I couldn't pass this way again without doing something.
In my eyes there was no reason for the development. This area
was obviously a farming community where almost all of the tracks within
a 4000 acre radius are farms on the average of 100 acres and not less
than 40 acres. There are plenty of available land sites
for new houses and the increased population closer to the city limits.
The only good that could possibly come from this one development would
only be seen by the one person who made the extra profit from it.
For everyone else it will mean an increase in property taxes, land
prices, rural traffic, culture tensions, utility costs and a
decrease in wildlife, next generation farmers, and a peaceful low
cost, low impact way of life.
So as a New Years resolution that year I decided to learn as much
as I could about this issue and find out what we could do.
For those of you that own farm or wilderness land, or enjoy going
to or driving through America's green space, or even those that just
appreciate the food you eat, I hope this web page will become
a stepping stone and provide enough information to spark a desire
within you to get involved. The information provided here
has largely been provide by the American
Farmland Trust, the Nature
Conservancy and some other wonderful resources that I encourage
you to contact. Also if you live in Tennessee or Smith County
please be sure to check out the pages specifically for our area and
feel free to contact me.
Let's join together and strengthen our knowledge of how we can Preserve,
Protect and Pass on this wonderful home of ours.