To sustain a future for farming in Washington, we convene with farmers, local government, Tribal representatives, electeds, and other community stakeholders to build strategies for regional farmland protection and access. Below is a list of the various groups and coalitions that we lead or participate in to advance our mission.
Shared Conservation Strategy
Along with the Pierce County Agricultural Program, Forterra, and the Pierce Conservation District, PCC Farmland Trust participates in a collaborative group that works to accelerate and improve the pace, quality, and durability of resource land conservation activities in Pierce County. Pierce County’s Shared Conservation Strategy has a specific focus on farmland, and guides how partners work to protect more land, meet the needs of farmers, and maximize funding sources.
Floodplains for the Future is a cross-sector and inter-organizational partnership lead by Pierce County aiming to recover floodplain functions of the Puyallup, White, and Carbon Rivers. Floodplains for the Future works to balance farm, fish, and flood management values, to provide a safe place to voice varied opinions and needs, to protect the health and safety of surrounding communities, and to advance integrated floodplain management solutions. PCC Farmland Trust is a key participant in this ongoing effort.
The Sustainable Lands Strategy (SLS) is a roadmap for Snohomish County floodplains that aims to optimize solutions for salmon habitat restoration, farm viability, and flood risk mitigation. The SLS was convened in 2010 by Snohomish County, Tulalip and Stillaguamish Tribes, state and federal agencies, and agricultural and environmental stakeholders to improve coordination and generate progress for fish, farm, and flood management interests. PCC Farmland Trust is a key participant in this ongoing effort.
An outreach effort led by The Nature Conservancy and Klesick Family Farms, PCC Farmland Trust participates in the Stilly Valley Protection Initiative — an effort that has activated the enthusiasm of local farmers to start using conservation tools within the Stillaguamish River Valley. This valley is currently a high priority for PCC Farmland Trust’s conservation work.
PCC Farmland Trust’s land-matching program Farm to Farmer currently serves Pierce, Skagit, and King Counties of Washington State. Our work in King County is guided by the shared goals of the Working Farmland Partnership, a group of stakeholders working to ensure a farming future in King County by keeping land in production and increasing land access for new and expanding producers. PCC Farmland Trust leads this collaboration along with partners at SnoValley Tilth, King County, King Conservation District, and American Farmland Trust. This collaboration is funded by King Conservation District.
The Washington Association of Land Trusts (WALT) serves land trusts across the state through advocacy, networking, and training, seeking to unite land trusts to conserve more land, faster. PCC Farmland Trust is a WALT member and serves on its board. In addition, PCC Farmland Trust helps lead and facilitate WALT’s Farmland Affinity Group.