PCC Farmland Trust assists experienced farmers in purchasing farmland in two ways:
Occasionally, when an important piece of land is at stake, the Trust will purchase property. Sometimes a farm is at risk of imminent development or sale. Other times, it may be adjacent to an already conserved farm. In these special situations, we serve as a short-term owner while facilitating the permanent conservation and purchase of the land by a public agency, non-profit organization, or a farmer.
Farming experience, financial support, and a vision for long-term ownership and use of the land are critical elements for farmers interested in purchasing farmland. In conjunction with the WA Farmlink Program, the Trust advertises and sponsors networking events on properties available for sale and lease.
2) Simultaneous sale
Our favorite approach to assisting first-time farm buyers is through purchasing a conservation easement at the time of sale. The Orting Valley Farms project was an excellent example: the Trust worked with three separate buyers to purchase a portion of a 100 acre property. At the same time, the Trust, along with Pierce County, applied for grant dollars to purchase a conservation easement on the entire property.
Although it was a lengthy process, this simultaneous transaction assisted three new farm buyers in the purchase of their portion of the property and lowered the price of the land to the “agricultural value” making it more realistic for first time owners and ensuring this property will remain farmland forever.