Full Circle Farm
In December 2017, East Cooper Land Trust worked with landowners to place a conservation easement on the Full Circle Farm property, which is located on Johns Island. The land is owned by Peter Conway, who intends to conserve the land as an active farm and residence in perpetuity. While East Cooper Land Trust primarily works within the East Cooper area, occasionally a land project outside of our focus area is brought to our attention. Diverse family farms are important to our community’s past and future.
The property contains agricultural fields and horse pastures, forested uplands, forested wetlands, and a small pond. The fields on the property are suitable for crop or livestock agriculture and the forested area provides natural habitat for birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. “Our family’s motivation to preserve the farm is our concern that the rural character and agricultural productivity which have long characterized Johns Island is being lost to housing subdivisions. At the same time the farm-to-table movement with its interest in sustainably grown local foods is growing. We hope that our farm will provide fresh local food to the Charleston community forever.”, says landowner Peter Conway.
This conservation project provides significant public benefits including the protection of natural open space and working lands, as designated by the Charleston County Comprehensive Greenbelt Plan. It provides a public vista along a high-traffic road that connects to the State-designated Bohicket Road Scenic Highway which includes other agricultural, historical, and recreational sites.
Historically Johns Island has been primarily an agricultural community. The conservation of this working farm will ensure that this land remains open and available to local food providers. It is the desire of the current landowner as well as East Cooper Land Trust that the land contributes to the Charleston region as a local food source for years to come. Much of the land suitable for horse and livestock grazing throughout Johns Island is being replaced with residential and commercial development spreading outside the County’s Urban Growth Boundary, which ceases nearby to the east. The property contributes to the availability of open pastures suitable for this purpose as well.