We are PCC Farmland Trust, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) land trust whose mission is to secure, preserve, and steward threatened farmland in Washington, ensuring that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable and organic growing methods. We take our mission one step further by innovating on traditional conservation tools to provide access to affordable farmland.
To date, PCC Farmland Trust has conserved 17 farm properties, totaling 1,662 acres. Our preservation work spans the state of Washington. Visit our Farms page to explore regions where we’re active, and to learn more about the individual farms we’ve preserved since 1999.
Bailey Farm: Farming into the Future
The house smelled of pork roast and sweet blackberry dumplings. Dad milked the cows while mother tended to the garden out back. The fire crackled from cedar wood collected with grandpa that morning. Coins from the day’s lemonade-stand sat in a pile on the kitchen table. For Cliff Bailey, these were some of his fondest childhood memories. “Happy times,” he called them.
Today, Cliff has the joy of knowing that future generations will be able to carry forward the rich history of his family farm — forever.
Pathways to farmland protection
Farmland conservation can be complicated, so we use three different types of tools to make it happen, depending on the circumstances.
A Conservation Easement is a voluntary legal agreement by a landowner to ensure that their property is forever protected for agricultural use.
A Simultaneous Sale is when a landowner sells a conservation easement at the same time that they sell the property to a new farmer, creating a pathway for farmland succession.
Bridging the Gap is when we buy threatened farmland that is for sale, making it possible for farmers to access affordable land.
To learn more about each of these tools, and what you should do if you want to share conservation opportunities with us, visit our Conserve Land page.
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Many food companies and sustainably-minded businesses support farmland conservation by making donations to PCC Farmland Trust. Learn more