History

Since 1999, PCC Farmland Trust has preserved 1264 acres of working farmland.  Explore our work and some of our milestones in our timeline below.  To learn more about the Trust, visit our About Us page, or learn more about how to Work With Us.


  • timeline-1999A@2xBeginnings

    It all began in 1999, when Nash Huber approached PCC Natural Markets with some disturbing news: the 97 acre farm adjacent to his own was in immediate danger of being sold and developed into small housing parcels.

  • timeline-1999B@2xThreatened farmland

    And this wasn’t just any farmland: because of Sequim’s unique climate and outstanding soils, farmland in the Dungeness Valley is literally among the most valuable in the world.

  • timeline-1999C@2xPCC Farmland Fund Established

    Fortunately, PCC Natural Markets rose to Nash’s challenge, and PCC Farmland Fund, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit was born. Jody Aliesan was appointed President of the Farmland Fund.

  • timeline-2000A@2xDelta Farm

    In 2000, the Farmland Fund raises and borrows $600,000 in order to purchase the imperiled farmland. Photo: Kip Beelman.

  • timeline-2002A@2xDelta Farm

    The Delta Farm is leased to Nash Huber and operated as Nash’s Organic Produce. Photo: Kip Beelman.

  • timeline-2003A@2xSunfield Farm

    In 2003, PCC Farmland Fund helps to preserve Sunfield Farm in Port Hadlock, WA, raising $10,000 in a challenge grant for the Waldorf school/farm community.

  • timeline-2003B@2xBennington Place Farm

    Also in 2003, The Farmland Fund is approached by Joel Huesby of Walla Walla, WA and our second property, 174-acre Bennington Place Farm, is saved. Photo: Alicia Guy.

  • timeline-2005A@2xThe Farmland Fund becomes PCC Farmland Trust

    PCC Farmland Fund’s name is changed to PCC Farmland Trust, and work continues on the next farm, this time closer to the Seattle metro area.

  • timeline-2006A@2xAmes Creek Farm

    In 2006, 178 acre Ames Creek Farm is preserved. The property is farmed by Full Circle Farm and Growing Things Farm. Photo: Alicia Guy.

  • timeline-2007A@2xLooking Ahead

    In 2007, the Trust moves toward its current model of purchasing or holding organic conservation easements, (PDF) in order to save more farmland, more quickly. Photo: Melanie Conner.

  • timeline-2008A@2xRapid Growth

    2008 is a very busy year! The Farmland Trust formalizes its Stewardship Program, and begins holding regular farm tours.

  • timeline-2008B@2xFuture Farms

    Also in 2008: Nash Huber receives the national Steward of the Land Award from the American Farmland Trust, and PCC Farmland Trust creates the Future Farm Fund – money that is restricted to purchasing conservation easements on local farmland. Photo: Melanie Conner.

  • timeline-2009A@2xOrting Valley Farms

    In 2009, PCC Farmland Trust preserves Orting Valley Farms, in collaboration with the Washington State Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) and Pierce County’s Conservation Futures program.

  • timeline-2010A@2x10th Anniversary

    In early 2010, work continues on several farm projects, our Agrarian Circle planned giving program, a new website, and our Local Chefs for Local Farms series.

  • timeline-2010B@2xCamelot Downs Farm

    PCC Farmland Trust receives its first donated easement in the fall of 2010, for Camelot Downs on Whidbey Island, and its first bequest, which leads to the creation of the Ruth Afflack Stewardship Fund. Photo: Kip Beelman.

  • timeline-2010C@2xRecognition

    The Farmland Trust receives two awards in 2010: the Innovative Partnership Vision 2040 Award, by the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the Innovative Conservation Project Award by Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy).

  • timeline-2011A@2xWilliams Hudson Bay Farm

    In 2011, the Farmland Trust preserves its ninth farm, Williams Hudson Bay Farm-300 acres near Walla Walla. Photo: Melanie Conner.

  • timeline-2011B@2xTours & Shows

    In 2011, the Farmland Trust held a KEXP-sponsored benefit show, led tours of Camelot Downs, Delta Farm, and held “Celebrate Organic!” a 3-farm tour of the Snoqualmie Valley. Photo: Becky Warner.

  • timeline-2011C@2xEat Chocolate, Save Farmland!

    2011 marks the creation of the PCC Farmland Trust Theo Cherry & Chili Dark Chocolate Bar. 50 cents from the sale of each organic fair trade chocolate bar will be donated to the Farmland Trust.

  • timeline-2012A@2xSad News

    2012 begins on a sad note with the passing of Jody Aliesan, original co-founder of PCC Farmland Trust.

  • timeline-2012B@2xDrink Wine, Save Farmland

    Starting in 2007, Powers Winery has generously donated $2 for each bottle of special PCC Farmland Trust blends sold at PCC, resulting in over $100,000 worth of donations.

  • timeline-2012C@2xLooking to the Future

    The PCC Farmland Trust board of directors adopts a formalized 2012-2015 Strategic Plan (PDF) that provides a vision for organic farmland preservation in the years to come. Photo: Melanie Conner.

  • timeline-2012dJubilee Farm

    Thanks to the vision of the Haakenson family, who farm Jubilee, and the combined resources of King County and PCC Farmland Trust, the entirety of this much-loved biodynamic farm will remain food-producing farmland for generations to come.

  • timeline-2012eReise Farm

    In partnership with Pierce County, PCC Farmland Trust completes the purchase of the historic 120-acre Reise Farm, located in the Puyallup Valley of Pierce County, near the City of Orting. The Reise Farm project is an important land preservation success because of its location: the Puyallup Valley, an area that the Farmland Trust will be increasingly focusing on in 2012 and beyond.

  • timeline-2013aAccreditation

    After an accreditation process lasting two years and involving extensive documentation and rigorous reviews, PCC Farmland Trust was officially recognized as a nationally accredited land trust.  

  • Dropstone Farms

    Because of Dropstone Farms’ proximity to established farmland conservation and other nearby preservation opportunities, we’re beginning to form an “agricultural corridor” in the Puyallup Valley, providing all sorts of potential farming, conservation, wildlife and economic benefits.