As I write this, the fall rains have finally come and I am so grateful that our aquifers are recharging. We sure enjoyed the long summer, with its abundance of local peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and other heat-loving crops. But farmers east of the Cascades tell a different story â€“ one of mounting anxiety over water scarcity and danger from wildfires. And farmers in California struggled through the tenth year of drought amid increasing concerns about aquifer depletion.
It reminds me how fortunate we are to have rich, productive agricultural soils here in Thurston County â€“ as long as we protect them. That's where you come in.
I invite you to join me in making an end-of-year gift to South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust an annual tradition.
Here's why South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust is one of the top 3 causes I give to:
- Once we lose farmland â€“ it's gone. No one's making any more of it.
- We can no longer rely on food trucked in from "somewhere else." We can't count on California to keep us fed.
- This is one of the most meaningful ways I can make a difference in the world â€“ by protecting local farmland and a healthy, sustainable local farm economy for our children and our childrenâ€™s children.
Your financial support
and partnership will ensure that our farm families keep farming, and that our precious farmland stays
farmland â€“ forever.
Thank you for contributing generously
John C. MacLean, Board Chair
P.S. A recent report by Sustainable Thurston showed that if current trends continue, in the next twenty years we stand to lose 35% of the farmland we have left. Every gift counts toward the future of farmland. Please make yours