Dear Farmland Friend,
Cheryl Oellettte likes to greet her pigs, dogs, sheep, goats, cows, turkeys, ducks, chickens and barn cats personally, and often by name. Ebony, the 1500-pound midnight colored boar, saunters over in response her request for “kisses” and seems genuinely chastened when scolded for pestering Frank, the smaller boar. This is one of many idyllic farm scenes you may encounter while visiting Cheryl “The Pig Lady” in the Puyallup Valley—which are only fleeting distractions from the fact that each of her animals also has a more serious role to play on this sustainable farm.
Cheryl herself is a one-woman farming force of nature. In the past year alone, she transitioned from managing her business on 5 acres, all the way up to 100 acres, rehabilitating and cultivating formerly conventionally-farmed and fallow land. Through sustainable methods of animal rotational grazing, fertilizing and weeding, Cheryl has managed an inspiring transformation of this property.
And none of this farmland preservation could have happened without the backing of dedicated PCC Farmland Trust supporters. We, and more importantly, you, are helping to build a concentrated area of organic farming, conservation, wildlife preservation and healthy local economies in the Puyallup Valley where this farm resides—as well as in other agricultural communities across Washington state.
PCC Farmland Trust is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and we rely on individual donations for the great majority of our operating budget.
As an informed consumer you know that every day, we face a battle to repair, rebuild, and re-envision our broken food system. At the Farmland Trust, we believe that saving organic farmland and supporting organic farmers like Cheryl is one of the most powerful leverage points for positive and lasting change. Including the preservation of 208-acre Jubilee Farm, we’ve saved over 400 acres of organic farmland in the past 12 months—one third of the total acres conserved in our organizational history. The Farmland Trust is on a roll—and it’s only with your support that we can continue to have banner years like this one. As we preserve more farm acreage, we accumulate more responsibility for caring for that land in perpetuity. Contributions from supporters like you enable us to meet the increasing demands for land stewardship.
What organic farmers understand is that sustainable food production depends on having a vision for the long haul. We hope you’ll consider contributing and joining us in this long-term work, preserving organic farms and enabling farmers to stay on farmland. By making a gift today, you share in Cheryl’s success and the success of every farmer with whom the Farmland Trust partners.
With Sincere Gratitude,
Rebecca Sadinsky, PCC Farmland Trust Executive Director & Randy Lee, PCC Farmland Trust Board President
P.S. This year, we’ve secured $85,000 in matching funds from lead donors. Any gift you make between now and December 31 will be matched, dollar for dollar–up to $85,000.