For us, it’s about more than just preventing development.
Our vision is for farmers to be able to build a future. For agriculture to be a viable lifestyle—a viable profession—farmers must be able to afford good land. This land should be near customers, so they can sell their goods and continue to invest in their land, their infrastructure, their business, and their people. It should come with a community, ideally an agricultural community, that can support them through shared knowledge, equipment, and the opportunity for collaboration.
Unfortunately, this vision is not possible without affordable access to land. But you can help.
Between 2009 and 2013, the average price per acre for Washington farm real estate increased 17.5 percent. In the Puget Sound region—our prime soils on the urban fringe—this number is much higher.
We all depend on talented, entrepreneurial farmers to preserve our agricultural heritage, steward our soils, and of course, provide us with fresh food. But when farmers cannot afford the land they need, we all lose.
PCC Farmland Trust is committed to helping connect capable and promising farmers with high-quality farmland that’s within financial reach. We use a variety of land access tools to make farmland more affordable for new farmers, while making the goal of farmland succession a reality for retiring farmers. We are bridging this land succession gap with our enhanced affordability tools and ready and flexible capital.
To be this bridge, we need nimble funding to step in before the land is transitioned to non-farmland use. You, our supporters, make this possible with your donations. We are within reach of our mid-year fundraising goal. Thank you for helping us get there.
By making a gift today, you can help foster a future for family farms, ensuring that land is protected for farming and accessible for farmers.