One thing is for certain: everyone, everywhere needs food. As farms change hands and farmland prices increase, we face a future in which our ability to feed ourselves is severely compromised. PCC Farmland Trust is leading a call to action to protect what is left of one of our most valuable natural resources: farmland.
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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. PCC Natural Markets founded our organization in 1999, when it provided the funds necessary to protect one of our state’s most valuable farm properties, known today as Nash’s Organic Produce. While the great majority of our funding comes from individual contributions, purchasing products from our vendor partners at PCC, or purchasing Farmland Trust merchandise from PCC stores, are additional ways to support our work through PCC Natural Markets.
Do your farms provide food for PCC Natural Markets?
Some do; many do not. While you can almost always find Nash’s Organic Produce at your local PCC, most of our farmers work on a smaller scale than what is necessary to supply a large grocery co-op. Any produce found at PCC Natural Markets is a result of an independent business agreement. Some of our protected farms grow crops that end up in products that are sold at PCC stores, like the Williams Hudson Bay Farm wheat that is grown for select Bob’s Red Mill flours. Almost all of our farms run their own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, which you can learn about on their individual websites.
How do you conserve farmland?
Farmland conservation can be complicated, so we use a variety of different tools to make it happen. To remove the development rights from a property, while protecting its agricultural value in perpetuity, we use an agricultural conservation easement. Often, we work with the farmer or landowner to tailor provisions within each easement to make the property more affordable in the long-run. In a scenario where a farmer is hoping to both protect and sell their land, we purchase an easement and find the right farmer to purchase the land at the same time. Sometimes there are cases where the right farmer isn’t able to purchase the land quite yet. In those cases, we purchase the farmland as a way to protect it quickly, and hold it until a farmer is ready to lease or buy it from us.
To learn more about these different scenarios, read this letter from our Executive Director. She breaks down how the process typically works. To conserve farmland with us, visit our Conserve Land page.
PCC Farmland Trust is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Federal EIN number/ Tax ID is 91-2021165.