AC-T: Land trust sells Sandy Mush land to Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy

From Asheville Citizen-Times:

By Karen Chávez

The Grateful Union Family Inc. is downsizing the family farm.

Now that most of the children have moved out of state, along with the former resident peacocks, ducks, goats and turkeys, the clan elders decided to sell the mountainside land adjoining Little Sandy Mush Bald in northern Buncombe County.

They have owned the property since 1976, just after the 13-person commune moved from Massachusetts to the mountains.

The sale, however, will benefit outdoors lovers for generations to come. Barbara Field, a member of the Grateful Union Family, which also owns downtown craft supply store Earth Guild, said the group decided to sell 241 acres containing the northern slopes of Little Sandy Mush Bald in Madison County to the Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy land trust for permanent preservation.

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