–A profile by Rick Vanderknyff, PCC Farmland Trust Board Vice President
Diane Dempster has had a front-row seat for the growth and maturation of the organic farming movement in the Northwest over the last 25 years.
It’s been part of her professional life (as “grower liaison” for Charlie’s Produce) as well as her active nonprofit work with Tilth Producers (as past president and current co-vice president) and with PCC Farmland Trust, with which she served as a board member from 2008 until December, when she stepped down.
As a fellow board member who joined just a few months after Diane, I have been privileged to see her put her unique insight to work on behalf of the Trust’s mission to preserve organic farmland forever, with a laser focus on the “organic.” Though she has never been a farmer herself, she knows farmers and the farm businesses – and all the challenges that small, sustainable farms face. Continue reading