Ask the farmers at the typical feed co-op or coffee shop if they'd willingly give up some land rights, and you might just offend somebody. At least, that's the conventional way of looking at things. Ask farmers if they'd like to see their land stay in the family and see their community stay whole, you might get a different response. "My goal, my dream, is that this will never have to be sold," said Dave Waters earnestly as we gazed over part of the 300+ acre family farm he's trying to preserve.
|Dave Waters of River Ridge Farms|
|Cattle rotationally graze expansive pastures|
Land Trust for Tennessee has supported dairy farmers, families and outdoorsmen in their efforts to keep wide open spaces protected. "There's just a benefit to everybody from having open spaces" stated Tricia King, Project Manager for the Tennessee Land Trust's Southeastern Region. "The general public benefits because we all benefit from clean air, clean water, from having a balance to land being paved over."The