Event Details

Join us for a free, in-person Landowner Resources Workshop where you'll learn about the USDA-NRCS' Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) which helps landowners protect, restore, and enhance their land. The program provides long-term easements for both grasslands and wetlands that protect property from being converted to non-agricultural use.

The conservation easement helps landowners continue to own their land and pass down the land to future generations if so desired. Benefits of the ACEP include:

  • Protects land from development and other non-agricultural uses
  • Pays landowners to maintain ownership and keep land for agricultural purposes
  • Improves water and air quality
  • Protects forage and wildlife

A USDA-NRCS representative will serve as guest speaker who will discuss the details of ACEP and how to apply and enroll in the program. A free dinner will be provided and limited seats are available. Registration is required.

GIVEAWAY: The first 20 registrants who show up to the event will each receive a free $25 VISA gift card!

DOOR PRIZE: Five door prizes will be randomly given to attendees that include gift baskets containing locally grown fruits and vegetables.

**Must register AND attend the workshop to receive the giveaway and chance to win the door prizes.**


  • Amelia Bruss (Food Safety Specialist /Soil Health Technician at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association)

    Amelia Bruss

    Food Safety Specialist /Soil Health Technician at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association


    Born in California, Amelia lived in Arizona, Ohio, and Colorado before her family settled on a farm in central New York, where they grew vegetables and hay and raised fiber sheep, dairy cows, chickens, and pigs.

    Amelia received a bachelor’s in sustainable farming systems from Green Mountain College in Vermont. Since graduating in 2017, she has worked on and managed small diversified farms in New England. Since 2020, Amelia has worked for Natural Resources Conservation Service districts in Vermont and Massachusetts, helping farmers access resources, improve production practices, and increase soil health.

    As our soil health technician, Amelia provides technical assistance to farmers on conservation planning and organic production, transition, and certification.

    Amelia lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and enjoys riding her horse, spending time in the woods with her dog Frankie, cooking, hunting, and spending time with family.

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  • Ken Harvin (Program Associate/Rural Prosperity Coordinator at SCACED)

    Ken Harvin

    Program Associate/Rural Prosperity Coordinator at SCACED

    Mr. Harvin has spent twenty years as a community development practitioner in Communities of Color addressing the issue of social inequality using community-building and -organizing principles. Mr. Harvin graduated from Scott’s Branch High School in the historic civil rights community of Summerton, SC and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corp. Mr. Harvin holds a masters’ degree in nonprofit management with a specialization in community development finance from the New School for Public Engagement, Milano School of International Affairs, and Management and Urban Policy. As a practitioner, Mr. Harvin has consulted with nonprofits, community action agencies and public charter schools in urban and rural environments to build organization capacity to effect change at the individual and community level. Among his accomplishments are the securing of multiple federal and state awards for community development projects.

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  • Scott Mace (Business Consultant at Bone Ridge, LLC)

    Scott Mace

    Business Consultant at Bone Ridge, LLC

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    Mike Ney

    Regional Forester at SC Forestry Commission

    Mike Ney is the regional forester for SCFC - Pee Dee Region for 31 years. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors degree in Forest Management/Forest Resource Management. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-ney-7b113544/

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    Glenn Sandifer

    Program Specialist (Easement/CSP) at USDA - NRCS

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