To: Tony Tata, NC Secretary of Transportation, Ivan Dishman, District Engineer, NC DOT, Nathan Miller, Chairman Watauga County Board of Commissioners, Samuel L. Halsey, NCDOT Member Division 11, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5)

NCDOT: Save Maverick Farms

I have visited Maverick Farms in Valle Crucis and seen the amazing work that they are doing. The idea that taxpayer money will be used to cause environmental and economic ruin to maverick farms seems the opposite of what Watauga County stands for as a leader in fostering sustainable agriculture and protecting family farms.
I urge the DOT reconsider its plan to virtually destroy any chance that Maverick Farms can continue its work on the Justus Road land and its outreach in the community. Please consult with the Wilsons and other community members to come up with a plan for Justus Road that doesn't destroy this vital community asset.

Why is this important?

Maverick Farms stands to loose substantial portions of its productive ground from a proposed NCDOT project to REROUTE an existing dead-end road through our farm fields to build new culvert bridges. Please let the NC DOT know that you stand for family farms everywhere -- they are vital community resources -- and that Maverick Farms' place in building a viable community-based food system cannot be quantified.

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