PCC Farmland Trust 


PCC Farmland Trust was founded in 1999 by PCC Natural Markets, the nation's largest consumer-owned natural foods grocery retailer. Today, the Trust is operated as an independent, community-supported 501(c)(3) organization. To date, PCC Farmland Trust has saved fifteen family farms--more than 1,300 acres. As a land trust focused on preservation of sustainably-farmed land, the Trust provides a unique, yet replicable, model for restoring diversified local food systems which support family farming and the health of land and people.

Mission Statement
To secure, preserve and steward threatened farmland in Washington State, ensuring that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable and organic growing methods. The Trust takes its mission one step further by working to place farmers on rescued property, actively producing food for the local community.
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PCC Farmland Trust
1402 Third Ave #709 
(206) 547-9855 

Rebecca Sadinsky 
Executive Director 


PCC Farmland Trust Programs

PCC Farmland Trust has three core programs: land conservation, working land stewardship and community engagement. 

The Conservation Program fulfills the Trust’s primary mission of preserving farmland forever by using agricultural conservation easements as well as outright purchase to remove development potential on prime farmlands. This includes identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing conservation projects, working with current landowners, finding new farmland owner/operators, and developing and refining the Trust’s farmland conservation tools.

Stewardship is the long-term land care-taking function of the Trust and enforces environmental and organic farming goals spelled out in either a conservation easement or lease, assistance to farm operators to meet those goals, and community volunteer work parties to install and restore habitat buffers to separate valued natural resources from farming activities. For the Farmland Trust there is an additional stewardship measure, best practice, and goal to ensure that all conserved acres are actively farmed by food producers employing environmentally sustainable practices.

Our Community Engagement program aims to expand public understanding of the value of and threats to local, family farming.  Activities include farm tours, seasonal chef/farmer collaborative dinners, and on-farm workshops to learn about the ecosystems supported by environmentally sustainable farm businesses.  Our robust public communications practices employ social media, e-news, the Trust’s webpage, and our access to PCC shoppers via in-store communication to spotlight the broad community benefits afforded by local, sustainable farming.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In early 2015, PCC Farmland Trust conserved Helsing Junction Farm. The 42 acre farm in Rochester, WA offers organic CSA, as well as a community gathering place. Our conservation partners in Thurston County have already protected hundreds of acres of working farm and ranch lands. One of the first CSA’s in the country, Helsing Junction estimates that their farm feeds 5,000 people through their membership of 1,000, and countless more through the 20,000 pounds of food they donate to shelters and food banks annually. PCC Farmland Trust has now protected over 1,300 acres of farmland for sustainable and organic farming, forever.

Last year, PCC Farmland Trust launched the Acquisition Accelerator Pilot in the Puyallup Valley to more rapidly conserve prime farmland in concentration. Over the next twelve months, the Trust has the opportunity to use the conservation tools developed as part of the Acquisition Accelerator pilot project to conserve farmland more rapidly than in the past.  This comes with many challenges.  Acquiring land faster will require raising more financial support and leveraging a wider variety of funding sources.  It will increase the working pace of the conservation team and the monitoring and restoration load of the stewardship program.  As public grant dollars dwindle, we depend on the support of individual donors and foundations now, more than ever before, to protect our precious remaining farmland and keep it affordable and accessible for the next generation of farmers.

By the close of 2015, the Trust anticipates announcing the successful conservation of two additional farms within the Puyallup Valley focus area.


PCC Farmland Trust is ensuring a future of fresh, local and organic food for our region by purchasing organic agricultural conservation easements and/or titles to Northwest farmland.

Best Practices
The Trust is bridging the gap between aging farmers who own land and new young farmers who are not in line to inherit land. It also educates the community about local farms and farmers and the importance of preserving organic farms, not only because of the benefits to human health, but also the health of the environment. While continuing to protect farmland across Washington State, the Trust will be focusing on targeting their work in two specific areas in an effort leverage benefits of conservation in these concentrated areas and provide potential economies of scale for farmers. The Trust also expects to receive accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance in 2013 following a rigorous application process.

The Trust has strong collaborations amongst a broad array of constituents, including The Nature Conservancy, Stewardship Partners, Cascade Land Conservancy, WSU Extension, Cascade Harvest Coalition, local farmers and Friends of the Fields.

With an initial board contribution of $75,000, the Trust launched their Future Farms Challenge capital campaign that will raise funds solely dedicated to farm acquisition costs, filling the gap left by a decrease in availability of public funds. They have since raised $150,000 from their supporters towards this campaign and are encouraged by this response.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

3/10/2013 $12,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2011 $12,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2010 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2007 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.


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