One thing is certain: everyone, everywhere needs to eat food every day. And as we lose Washington farmland at an incredible rate—45,000 acres each year, about twice the size of Lake Washington—we are facing a future in which our ability to feed ourselves is severely compromised. PCC Farmland Trust is leading a call to action and increasing awareness about why it’s so urgent that we save what’s left of one of our most valuable natural resources: farmland. Often the farmland that is the most agriculturally valuable–flat and well-drained prime soils–is also the most desirable for development.
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Is PCC Farmland Trust a part of PCC Natural Markets?
No. Although PCC Natural Markets is a strong advocate of our work, PCC Farmland Trust is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and donations to the Trust are 100% tax deductible. The Farmland Trust was founded in 1999 by PCC Natural Markets as an independent organization, with a separate Board of Directors and offices. And while the great majority of our funding comes from individual contributions, there are ways you can support us while shopping at PCC Natural Markets, including buying products from businesses that donate to the Trust, or purchasing Farmland Trust merchandise at your neighborhood PCC.
Do your farms provide food for PCC Natural Markets?
Some do; most do not. Most of our farmers work on a smaller scale than what is necessary to supply a large grocery coop, and any produce found at PCC Natural Markets is as a result of an independent business agreement. That said, you can almost always find Nash’s Organic Produce at your local PCC. More indirectly, the Williams of Williams Hudson Bay Farm grow wheat and a wide variety of other grains and crops that end up in select Bob’s Red Mill products and other foods found at PCC and elsewhere. Almost all of our farms run their own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs—see their individual websites for details.
How do I support PCC Farmland Trust?
First and foremost, please donate to support our work. Supporters can also contribute through voluntary payroll deduction programs and through company matching gift programs. Others make gifts in honor of birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, births, holidays, and in honor or memory of family and friends. Donors also have a number of opportunities to deepen their commitment to PCC Farmland Trust, including planned giving options. Please visit our Ways to Give page for more information.
Where do I learn more about the farms you have preserved?
Visit our Farms page, where you can learn more about the farmers we work with, their stories, and see galleries of photos of each farm.
How do I get involved?
In addition to financial support, we have many other opportunities for you to help save local farmland forever. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about how to “dig in” to our work. And sign up for our newsletter Latest Crop of News to get all the current news and information about our events delivered right to your inbox.
To whom do I speak about farmland opportunities you have available, or if I have land I want to preserve?
I’m still a little confused. So how, exactly, do you go about saving farms?
You might want to check out this letter from our Director–it breaks down how the process usually works.
PCC Farmland Trust is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Federal EIN number/ Tax ID is 91-2021165.