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Join us for Pumpkin Picking and Fall Fun at Bailey Farm!

pccfarmlandtrust_98840237Didn’t get a chance to join us for the conservation celebration at Bailey Farm this summer? Not to worry! Join in for a free, family-friendly day on the farm while supporting local, sustainable agriculture with PCC Farmland Trust.

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Bailey Farm – 12711 Springhetti Rd , Snohomish, WA 98296

Festivities include U-Pick pumpkins, gourds, squash, and corn, PCC Farmland Trust’s signature pumpkin painting station, wagon rides, hot cider and kettle corn, and a play area in the barn, including rideable toy tractors, rope swings, hay climb, and more!

Visit our events page to register. Sign-up by Wednesday, October 19th for a chance to win prizes.

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Join us for Yoga at Four Elements Farm

pccfarmlandtrust_56067135_FullIt’s that time of year again! It’s yoga on the farm time.

Start your day off right with fresh air, sunshine, and a gentle outdoor practice led by the yoga experts from Samdhana-Karana Yoga (SKY) studio in Tacoma. After class, snack on some treats, chat with the farmers from Four Elements Farm, and learn about their organic products and sustainable farming practices.

Class is free and open to all skill levels and ages. We will have only 10 mats available, so please bring your own if you have one. A towel works too! And don’t forget a water bottle!

Join us at 9:30am for coffee or tea with PCC Farmland Trust staff and learn how we are working to preserve more farms like Four Elements. Class will begin promptly at 10am.

Learn more on our Events page, and RSVP here

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We’re Hiring! Community Engagement Coordinator

WE'RE HIRING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR Community Engagement Coordinator

 

Position Overview

We are seeking a self-motivated, organized, and enthusiastic coordinator to support our community engagement program. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in our work, gaining on-the-ground experience in volunteer coordination, event planning, innovative communications tactics, and land stewardship. This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about farmland preservation and sustainable agriculture and is looking for hands-on experience in this sector. Continue reading

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Staff Spotlight: Rusty Milholland

Rusty MillholandRusty recently joined our team as the new Farmland Stewardship Manager. Hailing all the way from Utah, Rusty most recently served as the Stewardship Director for Utah Open Lands, and is thrilled to have finally made it to the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s Rusty…

Tell us about yourself. I like to say that my career in conservation started as a young child when my family served as the caretakers of a 140-acre bird sanctuary in southern Maine where we lived on the property. Every summer, we maintained the trails, lead volunteer parties, and engaged with our community. It was a really fun way to grow up, and laid the groundwork for much of my personal and professional interests.

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Intimate Moments: Life on the Farm | Photographs by Audra Mulkern

Audra Mulkern event photoYou might have read about Audra Mulkern in her recent spread in The Seattle Times. Or perhaps you’ve been following her since the early Female Farmer Project days.

If you’re new to the Audra Mulkern fan club, welcome! Audra is a writer, photographer, and fair food advocate who is bringing farming and females to the forefront through the lens of her camera.

In addition to authoring Rooted in the Valley, a book highlighting food growers in Carnation and Duvall, Audra is also the brains behind the Female Farmer Project, a chronicle of in-depth stories about the rise of women in agriculture around the world.  The Female Farmer Project has garnered international recognition, and has been featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Modern Farmer, and grist.

We have had the privilege of working with Audra over the last number of years, and are thrilled to partner with her on her upcoming exhibit celebrating local farms through photography. Her photos chronicle female farmers who, amidst many pressures — family, farm duties, often an outside job — are creating positive change in our food system. Many of her photos feature farmers from our conserved properties, and a portion of Audra’s proceeds from sold photographs will benefit PCC Farmland Trust.

Please join us and Audra Mulkern on August 4th during the First Thursday Art Walk at the Globe Gallery. See our Events page for details. 

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You Made 2015 A Momentous Year

2015 annual reportThanks to you, we not only fulfilled our promise to conserve more near-urban farmland last year, we also tripled our annual rate of conservation. From engaging with volunteers at our on-farm habitat restoration events, to kicking off our first-ever farmer-focused grant program, 2015 was big—and we couldn’t have done it without you. Have a look at our annual report to see last year’s accomplishments and our plans for 2016 and beyond.

View our 2015 annual report.

 

 

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Standing by farmers for the long haul

At our core, we are about farmland. Every day, we work to ensure the best farmland in our state is actively farmed, both so it produces good food for the community, and so its natural resources are protected into the future.

We know, however, that none of that would be possible without the right land stewards in place, caring for the farmland we protect. That is the ethos behind our stewardship program: to walk side by side with farmers, long after the land is protected, to support them as they nurture the soil, water, and habitat on their land. Continue reading

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Partner Spotlight: Badger Mountain Vineyard and Powers Winery

Shot of the vineyardPowers Winery Founder Bill Powers, his son Greg, and co-owner Mickey Dunne of Badger Mountain Vineyard in Kennewick, WA have been pioneers for sustainable and acclaimed wine for decades. They were the first Washington vineyard to become Certified Organic twenty-five years ago — way before it was “cool.” They have also built a reputation for developing innovative solutions to ensure their vines thrive, including crafting their own nutrient-rich recipe for “compost tea” fertilizer, and engineering a “pest fan” that uses air to blow bad bugs from the vines and capture them in nets.

Furthering their commitment to sustainability, our friends at Badger Mountain and their sister company, Powers Winery, went solar in 2008. As a result, both receive a fifth of their barrel storage room and most of their tasting room’s power straight from the sun. You can read more about their solar projects here and here. Continue reading

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A history of agriculture in the Snohomish Valley

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Snow geese in the Snohomish Valley. Photo courtesy of the Bailey Family.

Long before the days of fall pumpkin festivals and shopping at the Everett Mall, Snohomish Valley was inhabited by a Native Tribe of the same name, or Sdoh-doh-hohbsh, meaning lowland people. The fertile lowlands of the Snohomish Valley provided the Tribe bountiful opportunities for hunting and gathering in the dense forest and along the Snohomish and Stillaguamish Rivers.

It took no time at all for settlers to acknowledge the potential of Snohomish forests and rich soils, and by the 1920’s, logging, lumbering, and agriculture began sustaining the economy. Peas, carrots, sweet corn, pickling cucumbers, and potatoes were some of the many featured crops in this rich agricultural community, just one hour north of downtown Seattle. Today, agriculture in Snohomish County is a $126.9 million industry. Continue reading

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Bailey Farm: A rich past, a hopeful future

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An institution in its community, Bailey Farm has been responsibly stewarded by five generations since 1913. Current owner and oldest living generation, Cliff Bailey, recalls working the land with his grandfather as a boy when it was a mere 52 acres of oxen pasture. A natural on the farm, Cliff expanded the property to a full-fledged dairy with his father in 1946.

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