PCC Farmland Trust works with landowners and farmers to determine whether land can be conserved by an easement donation or an easement sale. The Farmland Trust uses two main mechanisms:
1) Purchasing or accepting a donated conservation easement on farmland to ensure it stays in organic farming.
2) Partnering with an experienced farmer looking to purchase a piece of farmland for organic production.
Where we work:
In 2011, the Trust completed a comprehensive Strategic Plan (PDF) which directed the organization to identify areas of focus while still maintaining a statewide presence. The plan focuses on prime farmland in ecologically crucial watersheds in the Puget Sound region—in particular, the Puyallup and Snoqualmie watersheds. Apart from ecological significance, both valleys have a rich agricultural heritage, community support for small working farms, and excellent farm-to-market access. Focusing our efforts on these valleys enables the Trust to build on our past conservation work and to conserve contiguous tracts of farmland to make the most significant impact ecologically, agriculturally and in our local communities.