When you see our signs, take a look around. Farmers who belong to Voluntary Agricultural Districts (VAD) and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural Districts (EVADs) work hard to preserve and conserve farmland. They also want to be good neighbors to non-farm residents and businesses. Being a VAD or EVAD means the farmer has made a commitment to maintain his or her land as a farm. That's an environmental benefit for neighbors who value natural surroundings and limited development!
Guilford County must work to preserve farmland and the agricultural way of life. Working farms have an important, positive impact on the economy and culture of our region. VADs and EVADs, administered by the Guilford Soil and Water Conservation District, work with farmers to help ensure the voluntary preservation of their land and the protection of farms.
Agriculture has been a significant part of Guilford County’s economy, accounting for 11% of the area’s employment, but recently the industry has faced significant challenges. From 2003 to 2006, North Carolina lost 5,500 farms, amounting to 300,000 acres. As the population expands, lands once reserved for forestlands have been converted to development. The result is increasing pressures on natural resources and the local and state economies.