August Chamber Luncheon
Speaker: Gina Kilbridge of PCC Farmland TrustSponsored by: Heritage Bank
Brief overview of PCC Farmland Trust:
PCC Farmland Trust’s mission is to protect and steward threatened farmland in Washington. We aim to keep land in production by making it accessible to future generations of farmers. Since 1999, we have protected 23 farms across the state—more than 2,500 acres—and are on track to protect another 1,500 acres by the close of 2020. Pierce County has been an area of strategic focus since 2008. Despite having lost over 70% of its farmland in the last half century, Pierce County remains rich in fertile farmland, with an agricultural tradition and market demand to support a resilient food and farming economy, if supported. We work alongside County stakeholders via the Strategic Conservation Partnership to identify and permanently protect the most valuable and vulnerable agricultural lands. We have already protected more than 700 of these high priority acres in Pierce, including thee County’s largest farmland conservation project ever: revitalization of a 284-acre dairy in 2016. We further support Pierce County farmers through our new land matching program, Farm to Farmer. The program enables new and expanding farmers to connect with the land opportunities they need to grow their businesses. At the same time, it helps retiring farmers transfer their land to the next generation. Our overarching goal is to preserve Pierce County’s agricultural viability for generations to come.
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