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Sound Consumer | January 2007

by Alicia Guy, Director, PCC Farmland Trust

Great year ahead for organic farmland

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Top right: Ames Creek Farm. Bottom left: Nash’s young farmers. Bottom right: Bennington Place.

The New Year always ushers in such a sense of hope and possibility. Farmers and home gardeners alike sit down at the table with a hot beverage and a seed catalog and planning for the new growth ahead.

Even the persistent rain that dominates Pacific Northwest winters can’t keep from us the knowledge that the sun grants a little more light every day and the warmth of spring is inevitable. In 2007, hope for the future will be evident at every farm purchased by the PCC Farmland Trust.

The seeds full of promise planted in the soil of Ames Creek Farm in Carnation will sprout and produce crops in late summer that have no memory of the great flood of 2006.

New calves will be born at Bennington Place in Walla Walla. They will be organically raised by the Huesby family and spend their days grazing in open pasture, never to set hoof in a truck headed for an Iowa feedlot.

A new group of interns will find their way to Nash Huber’s Delta Farm in Sequim. Their hopes for a sustainable, small-scale farm life will find roots in the education provided by a master farmer and stalwart supporter of tomorrow’s farmers.

And by the end of 2007, the PCC Farmland Trust will be well on the way to saving another farm in Washington state.

Please join the PCC Farmland Trust in making 2007 a banner year for local, organic farmland preservation.

Fundraising progress report

(Amounts represent thousands of dollars.)

As a community working together to save local farmland, we’ve made great strides towards meeting our fundraising goal of $250,000 by April 2007.

Since PCC members received a letter in November inviting them to support the PCC Farmland Trust, we’ve received 708 responses and $46,772 in donations. Thanks for your generous support.

As of December 15, we’ve raised nearly 20 percent of the funds we need by April 30.

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