2016 Farm Map, Annual Report and more . . .
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2015 SSCFLT Annual Report Now Online  

As we move ahead this year, it is valuable to look at the 2015 accomplishments and financial status of South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust.   Our annual report is now online.  Check out where we have been, then join us Friday March 18 a the Annual Meeting to discuss where we are going.
Be part of the like-minded community that is “keeping it farming” in the south sound.  It’s our South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust Annual Meeting and more.   Make it a family event on Friday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Swede Hall, 18543 Albany St SW, Rochester, WA 98579.  

Bring a dish to share plus your own plate, silverware and glassware for the potluck that starts at 6:15 pm.

At the meeting, meet the board of directors and staff, get updates our work in 2016, and help us plan our outreach work with farmland owners.  Get annual meeting documents online.  Documents are available at: http://www.communityfarmlandtrust.org/annual-meeting.html
At 5:30 March 18, get your 2016 Farm Map and get your farmland questions answered or just visit.  Connect with:
  • Aslan Meade, Economic Development Council
  • Robin Buckingham – Thurston Conservation District (information on stewardship programs and the USDA Value Added grants for farmers)
  • Mary Ann Swain, SSCFLT’s Director of Farmland Acquisition
  • Josh Guintoli, Office of Farmland Preservation 
  • Sarah Moorehead, Thurston Conservation District, Farm Link program
  • Lisa Smith, Enterprise for Equity, Farm Incubator Program
We are grateful for funding support from the Community Foundation for the staff time related to the “Keeping it Farming” round tables at our Annual Meeting

 

Events

 This Saturday – Women in Ag Conference
You can participate in the statewide March 19 conference by attending at the Olympia location in the Natural Resources Building at the capitol campus or at the Old Historic Courthouse, Chehalis -8:30 to 3:30.  For details go to  http://womeninag.wsu.edu/


Tour 2 of the Farm Map supporting firms:  Olympia Food Co-op Tours ($7 each) – sign up at in person in either Co-op store 8am-9pm, or on-line any time, start by clicking the name of the class that interests you.

Farms & Local Products: OlyKraut Tour Wednesday, April 20 1-2pm
Get a behind-the-scenes look at sauerkraut makers, OlyKraut. This tour will include a guided tour of their manufacturing site, a history of how OlyKraut came to be (replete with micro-batch fermented veggies, a fridge in a back yard, and an honor system drop box), and delicious samples of all the flavors on hand!

Farm Tour: Flying Cow Creamery
Thursday, May 19 10-noon
Incredible local yogurt from Rochester. Take a farm tour in beautiful Independence Valley and meet local shepherdess, Selma Bjarnadottir. Cows, cream, and yogurt samples provided. 


Shop and Support Farmland!

 

Did you know you can support SSCFLT while shopping locally and online? 


Thriftway (Bayview and Ralphs):  The Community Rebate Program donates 1% of your purchases made at the two stores if you show your Thriftcard after signing up to support SSCFLT. Sign-up for a Thriftcard at either store, or by using the website

Amazon.com:  Contributes .05% of most of your purchases to SSCFLT through Amazon Smile when you shop online! Go to smile.amazon.com and select SSCFLT! When you shop in the future start from Amazon Smile.  

Goodsearch.com: Donate a penny to SSCFLT every time you search the web! Sign up at goodsearch.com and choose SSCFLT from the list of charities. Every penny counts, and donating to farmland has never been easier! 
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