I’m running for Buncombe County Soil and Water Supervisor to help protect farmland and open space.

One of the Soil and Water Conservation District's main functions is to work on farmland preservation projects and programs.

The skyrocketing cost of land in Buncombe County is putting farmland at risk. The economic incentives to develop apartments or put a housing development on a piece of farmland are really a huge factor here.

(Aaron and Lisa hiking a few years back.)

(Aaron and Lisa hiking a few years back.)

Since moving here in 2009 with my wife, Lisa Sousa, I’ve spent many mornings helping harvest at Ten Mile Farm, formerly in Candler and now in McDowell County.

And prior to that I worked for Angelic Organics Learning Center, an organization that runs a farmer training alliance program in Illinois. These experiences helped me to understand the value of conserving open space and farmland.

I graduated from N.C. State University with a B.A. in Economics and currently work for a non-profit organization in Asheville.