Every Wednesday during Give Local, the Community Foundation will award 5 Giving Bonuses. Make a donation of $25 or more on Wednesdays during the campaign and earn a chance to receive an extra $100 to spend on any non-profit participating in the campaign. On "Give Local Bonus Wednesdays, the Community Foundation will draw 5 names from all donations of $25 or higher made on the giving platform that day.
Planning for the Future Together we are willingly taking a risk each time we seek to acquire farmland to preserve it for our future. Completing the land transaction takes time and money with no guarantee against unforeseen barriers to success. Along with long-term planning for farmland acquisition comes long-term community benefits from the CFLT protecting farms from development and assuring that farmland remains affordable to the generation of farmers. By donating during this campaign, your money will go towards general operating costs as we work towards acquiring our next forever farm.
Long-Term Community Benefits of Farmland Preservation
Affordable land means stability, opportunity, & equity for our local farmers.
Keeping our food dollars local strengthens our economy.
Local food increases the food security & health of people in our community.
Having farms nearby keeps us all connected to the people who grow our food.
You Can't Eat Concrete
From our home on rocky glacial moraine just above the North Puyallup, we watched as relentless development consumed the rich floodplain loam of the Green River valley, down through Kent and Auburn and Sumner, through the Puyallup called into the flats of Fife. All that rich soil supporting so many small truck gardens for the Pike Place Market, vegetables and berries, flower bulb farms and small dairies now under pavement. My dad constantly lamented this short-sightedness (when surrounding hills could well support industry and housing but cost more to develop), saying "you can't eat concrete". You also can't dig it up and restore the loam if you change your mind.
So if farmland is to actually be preserved, our economic and political policies seem to require opening our own wallets. The miracle is that young people still want to do this really hard, element-exposed work of farming. Preserving the farmland that still exists is the only way they can have opportunity to feed the rest of us.