“...Quite frankly, I don’t know how any young farming group starting out could afford farmland on the west side” of the mountains.
Wade Bennett, Rockridge Orchards, Enumclaw
The Seattle Times recently published an article by business reporter Mike Rosenberg on our state's latest gold rush, farms. It won't surprise any supporters of farmland preservation to hear this, but it adds to the urgency of protecting farms for farming, while we still can.
You can read the entire article HERE. The following is an excerpt:
You know about home prices and rents soaring across the Puget Sound region and Washington — but you might be surprised at the latest type of property to get swept up in the state’s real-estate wave: farms.
The average sale price of high-quality Washington farmland has increased 25 percent in the last year, and is up 47 percent in the last four years, according to new data from Farmers National Company. …
City folk might not think much about farmland, but it’s a big deal across Washington. The state has 14.7 million acres of farms — the size of about 270 Seattles. And costs for farmers can factor into how much you pay for that Honeycrisp apple at the grocery store, the summer squash at the farmers market or a local cabernet at the tasting room. …
Farms Forever Tickets Now Available!
Rarely can a meal be any more local than the annual South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust farm-to-table dinner. Enjoy local products direct from our farms with each course carefully prepared by a different featured local chef(s). The dinner tickets include regional wines, cider and beer.
Early Bird tickets are just $60 each (non-member rate at $70). Want to bring a group? Sign up for a half table of 5 or a full-table of 10 and save $5 on each ticket. Your participation serves to keep farms in production and affordable to the next generation of farmers. Want even more fun? Invite your friends to join you!
Want to know more about the day to day of farming? The big picture of running a farm? See below for the opportunity to host two farmers at your Farms Forever table.
There's Still Time to Sponsor-a-Farmer for Farms Forever
If you would like to know more about farming straight from a local farmer, we offer the opportunity to host two farmers at your table.
Just purchase your own ticket, and then buy 1 more ticket. Thanks to generous contributions by the Board of Directors of the South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust, the second ticket will be free. We can select two farmers to be with you for the dinner or you can make your own connection with a couple of local farmers.
Olympia Farmers Market suggests....
"Keep the Change for Farmland!"
Olympia Farmers Market is partnering once again with the SSCFLT to help preserve farmland in South Puget Sound. Beginning this August, customers at the Olympia Farmers Market will be able to tell their farmers to "keep the change for farmland.” Change from purchases at select farm vendors will go directly to the South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust to support our work to keep farmland as farmland, forever!
WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center
2606 W Pioneer
Puyallup, WA 98371
WSU researchers and cooperating farmers are evaluating cover crops and equipment for use in organic reduced tillage production. This summer field day will highlight high-residue cultivation, soil moisture monitoring, irrigation planning, residue decomposition and transition to reduced tillage systems. Come tour research plots, see reduced-tillage equipment, and discuss the evolution of this production system. There will also be equipment demonstrations of a high residue cultivator and newly designed powered strip tiller.
For more information contact Doug Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-445-4658.
Slow Food Greater Olympia Presents Farm to Table Dinner
Join Tilth Producers and WSU for the thirteenth year of the Farm Walk program. Located at farms across Washington, Farm Walks provide farmer-to-farmer education in an experiential learning environment and focus on a wide range of topics including pest management, diversified markets, value added products, and conservation planning.
As suggested by the name of this event, participants should prepare to spend the day walking.
Cliffside Organic Orchard
2218 Mollenberg Rd
Kettle Falls, WA
One of Washington's first 100 certified organic farms will share how they got started, the process of maintaining organic certification, their techniques for managing pests and disease and building soil quality, and their secrets for building loyal customers through attention to flavor.
Midori Farm 10 Old State Hwy
Quilcene, WA Gain knowledge and perspective, plus network with collaborators to brainstorm creative solutions to common farming challenges -- attend a Farm Walk!
Farms with diverse revenue sources have an advantage when markets, weather and other unknowns can be unpredictable. Learn how Midori Farm does this through organic vegetables, plant starts and seeds, and their farm-made kimchi and sauerkraut.