We did it! Thanks to you, we just closed on the largest farmland conservation project to date in Pierce County: the 284-acre Mountain View Dairy.
This is a huge win for Pierce County, the local food economy, and farmers like Ryan and Haylee Mensonides who now have access to more affordable farmland in their community. We are so proud to have been able to purchase this valuable piece of land in our focus area, and to place it in the hands of farmers who will care for it into the future.
In addition to its incredible views of Mt. Rainier, Mountain View Dairy has some of the best remaining soils south of Puget Sound. It was platted for 59 estate homes at one point.
Our conservation of this historic dairy not only helps transition a highly valuable, underutilized farm back into production – it supports a local farm family’s dream to expand and diversify their business.
We plan to protect more farmland in the Central Puget Sound in the years ahead, and can’t wait to celebrate more milestones with you.
As an offering of gratitude, we hope you join us for a conservation celebration at Mountain View Dairy in 2017. Stay tuned for details in the new year.
From all of us at PCC Farmland Trust, thank you for helping us reach this momentous point.