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Twenty years ago, PCC Farmland Trust was born thanks to the goodwill and generosity of PCC Community Markets. Co-op members and shoppers raised funds to protect our first farm from residential development — 97 acres of Nash’s Organic Produce on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Two decades later, PCC Farmland Trust is an independent nonprofit that has protected and stewarded 23 farms, more than 2,500 acres, across Washington. Join us as we celebrate our key milestones and lay the groundwork for our next 20 years.
Farmland Forever!

  • 23 Forever Farms
  • 2,548 Acres Conserved

Our History

Reflect on our accomplishments and key milestones over the last 20 years.

  • 2000

    Our story began with Nash Huber, who has been growing food in the fertile Dungeness Valley for more than 30 years. When Nash and his wife Patty learned that land near his farm was in danger of being developed into small housing parcels, he called PCC Community Markets. PCC leaders Joe Hardiman, Jody Aliesen, and Randy Lee spearheaded a first-of-its-kind effort, calling on members, vendors, and shoppers to raise funds to purchase Nash’s threatened land. In just a few short weeks, 97 acres were protected forever and the PCC Farmland Fund was born.
  • 2003

    Jody Aliesen led the work of the PCC Farmland Fund as it grew, protecting 174 more acres of organic farmland in Walla Walla after Nash’s land was conserved. Our organization became registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and was soon renamed to PCC Farmland Trust, joining the ranks of other land trusts across the state and country.
  • 2007

    As conservation ramps up and we protect our fifth farm, PCC Markets Wine & Beer Merchandiser Jeff Cox crafts a creative partnership to support the Trust’s ever-growing work. He calls on Badger Mountain & Powers Winery, the first organic winery in Washington State, to develop two special wine blends that contribute $2 from every bottle to support our work. This partnership still thrives today and has raised over $250,000 for farmland.
  • 2008

    As the need for farmland conservation grows across the state, PCC Farmland Trust begins focusing exclusively on conservation easements, a tool designed to extinguish development potential from farmland. The Trust launches a stewardship program to maintain the long-term health and productivity of conserved farms. During this time, we begin bringing community members out to the farm through tours and events, connecting people to the land and local farmers.
  • 2013

    Shortly after adopting our first strategic plan and laying out a vision to target specific valleys across the Puget Sound region, we receive our accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance. A two-year, highly rigorous process, accreditation demonstrates our commitments to ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.
  • 2016

    In direct response to rising land costs and the increasing age of farmers, we launch a five-year, $26 million campaign: Our Farms, Our Future. Aiming to protect larger parcels of farmland across the Puget Sound region, the campaign leverages public grants, private donations, and an impact investment Note, which we fully subscribe in 2018 thanks to $2.17M raised from 17 accredited investors. With 15 farms protected at the launch of the campaign, we triple our annual rate of conservation.
  • 2017

    After conducting a survey among Washington farmers to better understand their barriers to accessing land, we raise funds to help Viva Farms purchase 45 acres to expand their farm business incubator program in Skagit Valley. Shortly after, the Trust launches our own land-matching program, Farm to Farmer, enabling new and expanding farmers to connect with the land opportunities they need to grow their businesses. Farm to Farmer has since expanded from Pierce and King Counties up to Skagit County, with plans to continue scaling in the coming years.
  • 2020

    Two decades since our founding, Washington’s land and communities have changed dramatically. As we look toward the future, we are drawing on our twenty-year history and long-standing partnerships to chart a path toward the next 20 years. Our long-term vision? To sustain a future for farming across Washington, with the continued support of people like you. Thank you!

“PCC Farmland Trust doesn’t just preserve farms, but they save soil, save traditions, and save our communities.”

– Steve Jones, The Bread Lab

20 Ways to Support Farmland

Take action with us to help lay the groundwork for our next 20 years. Stay tuned as we release 20 ways to support farmland over the coming months. 

Join us this Earth Day

Learn what climate change means for local farmers at Town Hall Seattle
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Become a corporate sponsor

Corporate support offers an alternative to traditional advertising – one that allows businesses to evidence their commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
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Help make The Barn Raiser a success

Become a table captain, sponsor, or volunteer.
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Invite us to speak at your organization

Are your colleagues interested in learning more about farmland conservation?
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Join our growing team of volunteers

Volunteering is a great way to do your part to keep Washington farmland healthy, meet new people, and get outside for a great cause.
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Spread the word about PCC Farmland Trust

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Support farmers in your community

Shop at your local farmers market or sign up for a community supported agriculture share to directly support farmers in your community.
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Join our Sustaining Circle

Donors who give $1,000 or more per year receive special access to conversations with our leadership, as well as an invitation to our Acre Makers event each summer.
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Support our work through your employer

Many of our region’s largest employers participate in workplace giving and matching programs for the nonprofits their employees support.
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Shop local

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite gift ideas that celebrate farms here in our state.
Read last year’s Washington Farms Gift Guide

Stay informed about local farms

From updates on our latest forever farms to early access to our event and volunteer opportunities, our newsletter is your go-to source for all things farmland.
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Include the Trust in your estate plan

Are you looking to deepen your commitment to protecting local farmland forever with a planned gift?
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Become a Perennial Partner

Our recurring givers, or Perennial Partners, provide our organization with a stable base of support, allowing us to conserve more farms more quickly throughout the year.
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“Without the help of conservation groups like PCC Farmland Trust, we absolutely would not be farming today. The land wouldn’t be here. We’d be sitting in somebody’s driveway.”

– Amy Moreno-Sills, Four Elements Farm

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