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David Harper

Pee Dee Land Trust
Executive Director
South Carolina

With  25  years  of  experience  in  all  aspects  of  land  conservation  and  farmland  preservation  in rural  and  urbanizing  regions,  David  Harper  has  raised  more  than  $6  million  in  grants  for conservation  planning,  easement  acquisition,  sustainable  agriculture  and  local  food  system development,  and ecological restoration projects in the Mid-­‐Atlantic  and Southeastern US. He has worked with landowners and land trusts to preserve more than 3,500 acres of farmland, natural areas and historic sites. David currently serves as Executive Director  of  the Pee Dee Land Trust in eastern South Carolina. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Regional Planning Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he later designed and taught a masters level course in land conservation. In 2004, David founded Land In Common as a consulting practice to assist landowners and community organizations in securing an affordable land base for sustainable regional production of food, fuel and fiber. His clients have included local food and farming organizations in states across the eastern US. From 2010 – 2012, David co-­‐directed  the USDA-­‐funded  Community  FoodWorks program to train beginning farmers  in  sustainable  agriculture  practices  in  South  Florida.  He serves on the board of an obesity prevention organization, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, and the conservation organization Unique Places to Save (http://uniqueplacestosave.org/). David and his wife write a   blog, Southern Terroir, (www.southernterroir.com)   about   producers,   processors,   and   purveyors of foods and crafts reflecting the soils, culture  and  climate  of  the  American  South.