Peninsula & Islands
Boasting the Olympic National Park and some of Washington’s most spectacular islands, this area encompasses a wide swath of impressive and beautiful geography. And like many other areas of Washington State, this region’s farmland is also threatened.
With dramatic ocean views and a deeply valued rural way of life, this region also has some of the highest land prices in the state. Communities in the area have long prized the agriculture that is such a strong part of this region’s history, and celebrate the culture of sustainable family farms that supports the local economy and tourism industry. The people and places within the Peninsula & Islands region are served by several excellent accredited land trusts, such as North Olympic Land Trust, Jefferson Land Trust, and Whidbey-Camano Island Land Trust, just to name a few. PCC Farmland Trust’s primary strategy in this region is to partner with our colleagues at these organizations as needed to support the region’s farmland preservation efforts.
Delta Farm was the first farm to be saved by our PCC Farmland Trust pioneering donors. In 1999, Nash Huber approached PCC Natural Markets with the news that the 97 acre farm adjacent to his own was in immediate danger of being sold and developed into small housing parcels. PCC Natural Markets rose to Nash’s challenge to help, and PCC Farmland Farmland Trust, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was born. Because of Sequim’s unique climate and outstanding soils, farmland in the Dungeness Valley is literally among the most valuable in the world. 23 acres of the Delta Farm are set aside for wildlife habitat, which is owned and managed by the WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Gary and Lois Fisher preserved their 15 acre Camelot Downs Farm forever by donating their conservation easement to PCC Farmland Trust in December of 2010. This was the Farmland Trust’s first donated easement.