“Since I inherited the farm from my late husband and he from his parents, I never did think of the farm as my property, only that I have been given stewardship of it. The donation of this land to FLC is the best way I can think of to honor that stewardship.”
- Gail Harris, pictured at her farm in Rockford, TN

Foothills Land Conservancy’s Board and staff are excited to announce that a new project is underway. FLC is working with the organization’s founding member, Gail Harris, to make her Blount County farm our new office headquarters! In 2009, Gail partnered with FLC to place a conservation easement on the 300 acre property. She has recently decided to let FLC manage the farm and place the organization’s headquarters at the homestead, which will be named the James C. Harris House, after her late husband.

While planning is still in the early stages, FLC’s Executive Director, Bill Clabough, hopes the move can take place sometime next year and is excited to get the process started, “This is a tremendous gift that Gail has given the conservancy. It’s an opportunity for us to have a permanent headquarters, offered to us by the founding member of FLC, and on land that is protected through a conservation easement. I see so many great possibilities for the future of Foothills.”

For Gail Harris, her wish is to make this transition happen now and not to wait:

“It is my delightful privilege to donate this property while I am still living so that I can enjoy watching its transformation under Foothills’ management.  I have absolute faith that Foothills will maximize the property’s potential as a working farm in combination with an educational nature center, wildlife preserve, and an animal refuge and rehabilitation center.  As open space and farms dwindle I know that the people of Blount County will be proud that this beautiful farm will be protected and enhanced by Foothills for the benefit of future generations.”

Donations from this appeal will go towards making the Harris Farm FLC’s permanent home, supporting our enduring mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the lands of the Southern Appalachian region.

THANK YOU – Every dollar makes a difference!

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Back to FLC’s Donate Page – Click Here

More info about the Harris Farm:

  • Check out FLC’s  short video that includes an interview with Gail Harris. Click here!




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