Working Landscapes is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build more sustainable livelihoods in the Warren County, NC region through stewardship of our natural and cultural assets.
We envision a Warren County region with a resilient economy in which citizens recognize, create and sustain opportunities to build on local assets and in which healthy farms, forests and waterways are interconnected with vibrant towns.
In a challenge to deficit-based thinking, we seek to identify, celebrate, and build on local assets, generating internally-driven instead of externally-dependent solutions, in order to build a resilient economy.
Using participatory, deliberative methods, we work to establish collaborations among diverse stakeholders in the issues we address, including those who may not have worked together historically.
In order to take on systemic problems, we consider entire landscapes—interwoven, heterogeneous expanses that encompass farmland, forests, human settlement, and waterways.
Our work is guided by systematic, mixed-method investigation of complex problems.
Our approach to problem-solving relies on considering the full universe of ways to address the problem, rather than placing artificial limits on our thinking.
We recognize the importance of storytelling, so we seek to document and share our story and our community’s stories.
We seek to educate ourselves and others through our work, and we seek to enrich educational institutions.
Whenever possible, we seek to develop solutions that move markets towards more just and equitable practices. We are also excited to begin experimenting with cooperative models that share the new value we are working to create.