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December, 2015 / January, 2016

Chatham Organic Dairy Farm Permanently Conserved

Chatham Organic Dairy Farm Permanently Conserved Lindale Farm, a certified organic dairy in the Silk Hope area of Chatham County, is now permanently conserved by an easement with the nonprofit Triangle Land Conservancy.

A fifth generation dairy and poultry farm, Lindale Farm is Chatham County's first and only certified organic dairy. Lindale Farm is one of four NC dairies that produce milk for the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley which is sold through local grocery stores.

The landowners, Neill and Cori Lindley, chose to permanently conserve the property through a conservation easement designed to shield it from incompatible land uses and excessive development. The 182-acre conservation easement allows for farming and agricultural related structures, but prohibits future subdivision of the property. TLC holds the easement and is responsible for making sure the easement's terms are followed into the future.

"The Lindley’'s are a wonderful example of a farm family that has a long term commitment to their farm and its natural resources," said Leigh Ann Hammerbacher, TLC Associate Director of Conservation and Stewardship. "They serve as a model for innovative and successful production and conservation at the state and national level."

The property includes mostly open pastureland and fields with several acres of woodland. The easement protects several acres of floodplain, over 1.8 miles of streams that feed into the Haw River, and prime agricultural soils. Lindale Farm participates in several conservation best management practices, including livestock exclusion from streams and stream buffers.

Additional funding for the project was provided by the NC Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the USDA's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP).

"TLC is proud to have been the conduit through which Federal, State, and Non-Governmental funding sources have been combined and leveraged to protect Lindale Farm in perpetuity," said Bo Howes, Director of Conservation and Stewardship for TLC. "This important family farm is the latest in our continuing effort to keep the Silk Hope Community a strong agricultural center. We are very appreciative of the Lindley family’s commitment to their land and way of life."

TLC Conserves 97 Acres of Chatham Farmland

Chatham County farmland

Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) has permanently conserved 607 acres of contiguous farmland in Chatham County with the signing of a new 97-acre conservation easement this month.

The conserved property, located about 10 miles south of Siler City, protects almost 14,000 feet of streams, including a tributary of Tick Creek, itself a major tributary to the Rocky River. Read more...

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Chatham County Council on Aging encourages eligible residents to avoid unnecessary fees this tax season by relying on VITA tax preparation service. The program is available to clients with low to moderate income, as long as eligibility guidelines are met. All VITA services include FREE electronic filing for both federal and state tax returns.

The IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin its free service on February 9, 2016, for Chatham and Orange Counties. Appointments can be made by calling the number listed below. Please leave your name and number for a return call. Appointment schedulers will help to determine your eligibility and provide information such as documents to bring. Allow two hours for each appointment. Additional information is now available at local libraries and online. The Chatham County appointment contact number is 919.542.4512.


Talk to Senator Foushee about Public Education

Senator Valerie Foushee will be giving the insider perspective on upcoming bills impacting education, and she will be available to answer your questions on topics such as teacher retention, charter schools, and school vouchers. Sunday, January 31 at 1:30 p.m. at the Briar Chapel Clubhouse.

Pittsboro Theater

There is a movement afoot to create community theater in Pittsboro that will do family-oriented plays with adult actors. If you are interested, please join the brainstorming session on Tuesday, January 26th at 6 p.m. at the Bynum General Store. All are welcome! The organizers need actors, directors, playwrights, those with tech experience, musicians and just interested folks with great ideas. For more info call 919.410.2841.

Pittsboro/Chatham Social Media & Internet Marketing

A program on "Cyber Security: How to Stay Safe Online" will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6 -7 p.m. at Sir Pizza, located at 1403 E 11th St., Siler City. This topic was a big hit at a recent meeting in Pittsboro.

The Internet is getting scarier every day, it seems, with malware, spyware, phishing, spoofing, viruses, Trojan horses and all sorts of other worries. Learn some basic steps you can take to protect yourself on the Internet, whether you're banking or shopping online, operating a small business or just playing around on Facebook. We each need to do our part to keep the Internet safe.

The fee is $5, plus the cost of your meal and/or drink. Please RSVP at If you have questions, email Kelly Johnson at

FREE Sewing for Kids Workshop

Want to find out if your child (ages 7-12) has any interest in sewing without any financial commitment? You got it! Saturday, January 30th in the afternoon in downtown Pittsboro, Tanja Lipinski Cole is hosting a totally free Sewing for Kids Workshop. No charge to attend, but please register so she knows how many to expect and can bring enough supplies for all.

Email her with your child's name and age at She will provide you with the details about time and location. Young sewers will get a chance to learn about and use basic sewing tools and have time to make a small project. Note: The tools of creating with fabric, namely an iron, scissors, needles & pins, and a sewing machine, will be used. If you feel most comfortable staying on site during this time to help your child use these items safely, please do so.

Eat Smart/Move More – Take Control

The Chatham County Center – North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be offering a program entitled "Eat Smart / Move More – Take Control" from 6:00pm – 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 65 East Chatham Street, Pittsboro.

This is a six-week, chronic disease prevention and management program that provides strategies to help adults manage their health. It uses the theory of planned behavior to inform, empower, and motivate participants with strategies and skills to change their eating and physical activity patterns. Each lesson comes with a handout that summarizes the primary goals from that lesson along with a featured recipe.

Classes will be held in the Food Lab of the Chatham County Cooperative Extension building. Thanks to grant support, the cost of the program is FREE. However, registration is required; the deadline is January 28. For additional information, contact Phyllis Smith, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, 919.542.8202 or


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