Tamarya Sims Is on a Quest for Land

Tamarya Sims makes themself heard above the din of August in western North Carolina, no small feat. Their laughter bursts gleefully across the grinding, metallic whir of crickets and static, and their cat’s ears poke up along the bottom of the screen. “I’m not trying to buy land, I’m trying to attain land without being in debt.” No small feat, either.

Sims (she/they) is a Black farmer, ecologist, and land steward whose dream is to acquire farmland where “folks can come to heal and learn without judgment.” When they’re not helping manage ecosystems at the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and teaching at

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