We are PCC Farmland Trust: a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) land trust whose mission is to secure, preserve and steward threatened farmland in the Northwest, ensuring that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable, organic growing methods. The Farmland Trust takes its mission one step further by working to place farmers on rescued property, actively producing food for the local community.
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 companies 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 and Full Circle 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–no donation is too big or too small. 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 organic farmland forever. Visit our On the Farm page for the latest educational opportunities and restoration work parties. Also be sure to check out our popular Local Chefs for Local Farms quarterly dinner series. You can also sign up for our Latest Crop of News to receive all the most current in news and events.
To whom do I speak about farmland opportunities you have available, or if I have land I want to preserve?
You can learn all about that process in the Work With Us section of our website.
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 Annual Reports