PCC Farmland Trust launches land-matching tool for local farmers

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Seattle, Washington – July 12, 2018 | PCC Farmland Trust has been protecting Washington farmland for nearly 20 years, working in lockstep with local food growers.

In direct response to the land access challenges that farmers in the Puget Sound region face, PCC Farmland Trust launched Farm to Farmer, a tool to help connect farmers to working land. The tool both enables startup farmers to connect with the land opportunities they need to grow their businesses, while helping retiring farmers transfer their land to the next generation.

“We see Farm to Farmer as a natural progression of our work to preserve farmland and keep it in production,” says Associate Director Melissa Campbell. “Without the work of food producers, farmland simply isn’t farmland.”

In addition to an online tool, Farm to Farmer is a personalized land-matching service run by and for farmers. Users can post listings about their available land or farming interests and connect with one another through a private email system. An experienced farmer hired by PCC Farmland Trust then helps connect landowners and land seekers directly, providing guidance to facilitate great matches.

“Our urban and rural areas are changing right before our eyes,” says Amy Moreno-Sills, Farm to Farmer Coordinator and local food producer. “Farm to Farmer is a critical step toward ensuring that all farmers – aspiring, expanding, retiring – will continue to thrive in our changing landscape.”

PCC Farmland Trust leverages Farm to Farmer in alignment with the Working Farmland Partnership, a pilot project funded by King Conservation District that aims to keep land in production and increase land access for farmers in King County. Currently, Farm to Farmer serves both Pierce and King Counties. It is funded by the UNFI Foundation, Sustainable Path Foundation, Pierce Conservation District, and the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation.

To learn more, visit farmtofarmer.org.

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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.