Sharing the vision and supporting the mission of the Triangle area non-profit community.

Heart by Judy Liu, MPH W

hen your hands or feet are in direct contact with the earth you experience a connection to

our natural environment. You can achieve this by gardening, walking barefoot in the grass or participating in many farming ac- tivities. Tese “grounding” activities have been shown to relieve anxiety and promote stress-reducing hormone production in the body. If you are interested in volunteering at a

local farm, please consider the Good Hope Farm. Te goal of Good Hope Farm is to honor Cary’s agricultural heritage while increasing the community’s access to farm- land and connecting its residents to local, healthy food. Good Hope Farm licenses plots up to two acres to new and expand- ing farmers, with all necessary equipment and infrastructure available on site. Te farm features a demonstration garden and offers agricultural and nutritional educa- tional programming. Good Hope Farm is located at the

center of Carpenter. Carpenter was a thriving agricultural community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the farm has been in production for over 100 years. Owned by the A.M. Howard family during most of this time, many of the buildings on the property date from the early 20th century and are in the Carpen- ter National Register Historic District. Te Town of Cary purchased the farm in 2008 to preserve a portion of Carpenter’s

agricultural past. Te farm is currently leased by Piedmont Conservation Council to provide land access to a new generation of farmers and connect the community to local agriculture. Te Piedmont Conservation Council,

Inc. (PCC) is an independent, non-par- tisan, non-profit organization. PCC addresses natural resource conservation and development issues in its service area, which includes Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham and Wake Counties of North Carolina. Teir mission is to leverage people and resources for innovative projects that promote conserva- tion and sustainable communities. PCC actively engages with the com-

munity through planning efforts and daily sustainable initiatives by offering: Grant Writing, Project Management, Strategic Planning and Workshops. Teir projects aim to promote Natural Resource Conser- vation and Management, Water Quality,

Farmland Preservation, Recreation, Tour- ism, Economic Development, Community Improvement and Job Creation/Retention. PCC seeks to promote equity, access, and inclusiveness to all persons for all pro- grams and services without regard to race, gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, marital status, or disability. PCC was established in 1967, authorized

by Congress in October of 1968, incorpo- rated in 1986 and received 501(c)(3) status in March of 1987. PCC was part of the Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) program, which was a service of the USDA until defunded in April 2011. PCC remains a member of the National Association of RC&D Councils, which continues to support the RC&D Councils throughout the country that continue work- ing without federal support. Te Council and councils throughout the country con- tinue to thrive and serve our communities as completely independent organizations. Each month, there is a Volunteer Day

for volunteers to help gardening and farming efforts at the farm. Donations can be sent to Good Hope Farm, c/o Pied- mont Conservation Council, 721 Foster St, Room 228, Durham, NC 27701 For information about Good Hope

Farm, like their Facebook page at Contact Farm Manager, Tomas Saile, at or 919-616-9764.

Natural Awakenings supports Triangle area non-profits by offering a free full-page feature article each month. It is a very visible platform from which an organization

can tell its story and detail the services it offers. Please let us know if you would like for your non-profit organization to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming issue. Call 919-342-2831 or email

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