Sponsor-a-Farmer for Farms Forever, Oly Farmers Market vendors rock, and we're hiring!

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Olympia Farmers Market...

not just another pretty vegetable place!

The Olympia Farmers Market is not just a "jewel of Olympia,” not just a great place for amazing locally grown food, music, and really cool crafts, it is also an active supporter of South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust.

When vendors at the Olympia Farmers Market submit their weekly “tally form” to the Market office to report their sales, they have an opportunity to donate to SSCFLT on a line item on that tally form. 

And donate they do!  Since April of last year market farmers, vendors and crafters have donated over $1600!

Many thanks to the Olympia Farmers Market for their ongoing support, and to the farmers, vendors and crafters at the market for their generous donations.  Our work to save farmland depends on individuals, organizations, and businesses like you!

SSCFLT is hiring!

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust is seeking a lead staff person for development, membership and outreach work to further our mission of preserving working affordable farmland in the South Sound.

Position:  Development Manager
Status:  Exempt, 30 hours a week
Closing Date:  Friday, July 22, 2016
Compensation:  $35,250 annual salary plus $350 monthly supplement and paid holiday, vacation and sick leave.

The Development Manager will be responsible for achieving the fundraising goals of the organization as well as engaging, cultivating and soliciting donors, corporate sponsors and securing foundation, tribal and other grants in support of our general operations. The position is also responsible for maintaining membership and donation records. 

The Trust has two paid positions at this time, both reporting directly to the working Board of Directors.  This position is primarily office-based in Tumwater, WA.

For full description and application requirements please see
http://www.communityfarmlandtrust.org/we-are-seeking-a-development-manager.html

Please, no phone calls.

Sponsor-a-Farmer* for Farms Forever

You've always wanted to know about crop rotations, early morning milkings, and how to make cheese...  

This year at Farms Forever, you'll have the chance to ask all this and more while sharing a wonderful locally grown meal with South Puget Sound farmers – some of them even locally grown – at our annual Farms Forever event.

Stay tuned for more details and how you can help support local farmers and preserve local farmland at Farms Forever!


*Fine Print Here:  to join your table at Farms Forever

Have a Special Talent?  Share it with Farms Forever and Help Save Farmland!

Maybe you're a rock star, or lead the best karaoke in the south Puget Sound area. Whatever your special skill, talent or gift is, the Silent Auction at the Farms Forever is a great place to share it while helping to raise the funds so necessary for preserving farmland.

Please let us know by contacting our Event Coordinator Jeanine Toth at Jeanine@communityfarmlandtrust.org.

Events & Opportunities
 

Financing The Farm
Monday, July 11th
6 pm – 8 pm
Thurston Conservation District
2918 Ferguson St. SW
Suite A
Tumwater, WA 98512
 
Northwest Farm Credit Services staff will describe financial resources for farmers and ranchers, how to prepare for your lender, how loan decisions are made, and special loan programs for low down payment real estate purchases, startup capital, and operating expenses. Northwest’s AgVision program meets the financing needs of young, beginning, or small farmers and ranchers.
 
Presented by Ricky Adams
Relationship Manager/Assistant Vice President
Northwest Farm Credit Services
206-691-2022
Ricky.Adams@northwestfcs.com

 

New USDA Program Provides Low-Interest Loans for Commodities Storage
 
The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables. Eligible facility types include grain bins, hay barns and facilities for cold storage.
 
Since its inception in May 2000, more than 33,000 loans have been issued for on-farm storage, increasing storage capacity by 900 million bushels. 
 
Read more about this program at the USDA website.
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