Carefully stewarded farmland nourishes our communities, fuels our economy, and restores our soil, air, and water. Without hard-working hands, farmland isn’t farmland.
PCC Farmland Trust has partnered with Washington farmers for nearly 20 years, and we’ve come to understand their unique land access challenges and needs. That’s why today, we are expanding the ways in which we carry out our mission by working to better connect farmers to working land. Our new project is called Farm to Farmer.
Through online and in-person matching and coaching, Farm to Farmer will enable new and expanding farmers to connect with the land opportunities they need to grow their businesses. At the same time, it will help retiring farmers transfer their land to the next generation. We plan to launch this effort in Pierce County, building on our long-term relationships in the agricultural community. All land seekers interested in Pierce County farmland are
encouraged to participate.
Farm to Farmer is designed to meet the needs of today’s food producers, combining digital and in-person solutions that are available in the office and out in the field. Farm to Farmer will include:
- A website helping to connect landowners and land-seekers (launching spring 2018)
- Land matching assistance and consultation
- Online resources on buying, leasing, and selling land
- Community-driven workshops and land access-focused events
Farm to Farmer is a critical step in ensuring that our farmers—aspiring, expanding, and retiring—will continue to have a place in Washington’s changing landscape.