PCC Farmland Trust and the City of Stanwood protect land for future farming

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Seattle, Washington | July 13, 2018PCC Farmland Trust has partnered with the City of Stanwood to protect 171 acres for farming in the Stillaguamish Valley.

Nestled along the Stillaguamish River, the Johnson Family has farmed on this land for nearly a century, producing dairy and beef, peas for Twin City Foods, and more recently, cauliflower, corn, and potatoes. Today, the farm is still owned by the Johnson Family, who are transitioning the farm to a younger generation of growers. The Johnsons are pleased to be able to do so knowing their land will stay in farming forever.

“I am proud to be able to honor the Johnson’s legacy, while helping open doors for future farmers,” says PCC Farmland Trust Conservation Manager, Robin Fay.

PCC Farmland Trust, a farmland preservation organization that works across Washington, purchased a conservation easement to protect the land with help from Snohomish County’s Conservation Futures Program. By removing the farm’s development potential, the easement will make the land more affordable to a new generation of farmers and ensure that it stays a farm in perpetuity.

Conserving our farm gives us peace of mind as we think about the future,” says Roger Johnson. “It’s a big relief as we prepare to transition our land to new growers.”

The Johnson’s currently lease the property to commercial scale food producers who farm hundreds of additional acres up and down the Skagit and Stillaguamish Valleys, growing crops such as potatoes, corn, wheat, grass seed, and beet seed.

“Stanwood has a long farming history,” said City of Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley. “We are pleased to be able to preserve that legacy through the protection of the Johnson Farm.”

From local farmers and Tribes to City of Stanwood residents and outdoor enthusiasts, the preservation of this land will have far-reaching impacts for generations to come.

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Media Contact: Molly Goren | molly.goren@pccfarmlandtrust.org | 206-777-4053

PCC Farmland Trust works to secure, protect, and steward farmland in Washington, ensuring that local farmers productively farm using sustainable and organic growing methods. To date, PCC Farmland Trust has protected 23 farms, totaling 2,553 acres. PCC Farmland Trust was founded in 1999 by PCC Community Markets and is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit.