New Study: Sustainable Agriculture in the Puyallup Valley

Sustainable, organic farming is burgeoning in the Puyallup Valley.

In 2012, the Trust partnered with the Trust for Public Land and Globalwise, Inc. to commission a study of the farmland in Puyallup Valley. View the full report. [PDF]

Building off of the findings from the Pierce County Agricultural Strategic Plan written by Globalwise in 2006, the study examined various farm and economic metrics in a sub-area of the Puyallup Valley, and included farmer interviews and examined opportunities for food processing and market expansion in the region. The study also set out to explore the feasibility of conserving corridors of agricultural land, gauged the effectiveness of the Trust’s past work and examined opportunities for an agricultural economic revival in the valley. For the Trust, this report confirms our current focus on the highly threatened farmland in the Puyallup Valley, helps us understand the implications of our work when we focus on a specific geographic area, as well as understand the impact that agricultural conservation can have in communities with highly threatened agricultural land, on the urban fringe.

If you have questions about the report or would like to learn more, please contact Melissa Campbell, our Conservation Director.