​Holding onto historic farm and forestland in a rapidly urbanizing county faced with explosive development, skyrocketing property taxes and the tobacco buyout has presented serious challenges for local farmers. In response to these issues, Wake County’s Open Space Program is partnering with local agricultural organizations to address the impending loss of working lands in the county.

Purchase of Agricultural Easements
Wake County’s Open Space Program has been working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and willing landowners to place agricultural easements on valuable farmland in the county. These easements have been purchased with a combination of NRCS Farm and Ranchland Protection Program funds and the county’s Open Space bond monies.

Keeping the Farm Workshop
On January 28, 2009, Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, NC Cooperative Extension, NC Division of Forest Resources, Triangle Land Conservancy, and other natural resource management agencies, hosted a full-day educational workshop targeting Wake County landowners and farm operators. This annual workshop brings all farmers and landowners together to explore options for keeping their farmland in the family. Topics of the 2009 event included: 

  Family Farm – New Enterprise
  Innovative options for income 
  Land Use Tax Use Value 
  Municipal Planning and Regulations
  Forestry and Agricultural Alternatives

Contact Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District for more information about the Keeping the Farm Workshop.