Logo
March 2022—Donate

CFLT Annual Meeting & Fresh from the Farm Guide Launch

March 26th 2-5pm

at the Fishtale Brew Pub

Fishtale Brew Pub is located at 515 Jefferson St SE in downtown Olympia.

Please join us in community for our Annual Meeting & Meet-Up. This is a very casual affair so feel free to just pop in and say hello! We will be renewing memberships and handing out our new 2022 fresh off the press Fresh from the Farm Guides. Stop in for some food and a beverage, meet our staff and board, and celebrate the Trust’s 25 years of farmland preservation work in the community. Be sure to keep reading for our 2021 Annual Report and Virtual Annual Meeting Business information!

2021 Annual Report

LETTER FROM OUR CFLT BOARD CHAIR

To Our Community of Friends and Supporters,

The Community Farm Land Trust reaches a milestone this year, it will celebrate its 25th anniversary! WOW! Since its beginnings, community members have sensed the intrinsic value of local farms and farmers. The food, the stewardship of the land, the jobs and habitat that farms provide - - all are invaluable. This sense brought community people together back in 1997 to save farmland. They went on to create the Trust and today that energy keeps fueling the efforts of this organization.

The talented staff of the organization are also drawn to the Trust’s mission. It has been my privilege to work with such a motivated and professional group. They each bring their own set of talents and together are the creators and engine of the annual Fresh from the Farm Guide. Their vision has led to an outstanding publication that I am proud to be able to share with you.

Look at all the wonderful pictures inside! It is inspiring. Thank you to all the farmers who shared pictures and the volunteers who helped in creating the Guide. This informative and picture-filled publication will take you on a visual and thoughtful journey as you read the stories. You will think about all the tasty local food, flowers, and more that await you this growing season. It is an inspiring publication that we are very proud of. It has no match. You will want to read it over and over. Keep it handy throughout the summer to plan excursions. The Guide would not be freely available without the financial support of donors. Please thank them when you see them.

This publication is part of an effort by the Trust to publicize and hence support local farmers. Their job is not an easy one but one I dare say they love doing. When you buy directly from one of these farmers you help to keep them viable and hence help to preserve local farms. So get out in the fresh air and visit a farmers market or farm this year!

With gratitude,

Marcie Cleaver, Community Farm Land Trust Board Chair

CFLT RETURNS TO BOARD GOVERNANCE

At a day-long retreat in January the Board approved a return to the Land Trust’s original vision for a community and membership-based organization governed by a Board of Directors and working Board Committees: 1) Farmland Preservation; 2) Membership, Outreach, and Development; 3) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; 4) Budgets and Finance. Going forward the work of the Committees will be supported by three continuing and very capable staff people: Jeanine Toth, Natalie Martzolf, and Carol Linnebur. Natalie will assume additional duties as Office Coordinator.

CFLT is going to need a larger Board to meet the challenges of its responsibilities. Anyone who shares our passion for the preservation of local working farms and for locally produced food should explore our website Communityfarmlandtrust.org and consider joining our Board. We also welcome people who share our interests, but cannot make the time commitment required by a full Board position. There are volunteer openings on all of our working committees.

A NEW FARMLAND ACQUISITION

In August 2021, CFLT purchased (with support from Thurston County’s Conservation Futures Fund) a 29-acre portion of the pioneer James family’s 1852 Donation Land Claim. Descendants of the original James family - - Lori, Gayle, and Cheryl James - - owned the parcel and were enthusiastic that the land was passing on to the Land Trust and that it would remain farmed. For more information about the land and its history read our related press release below. With this new acquisition, CFLT will continue its mission to keep farmland perpetually in farming and food production. Negotiations to lease the new property to Common Ground CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) are underway. Established in the early 90s, Common Ground is one of the region’s oldest CSA growers.

Learn More

FRESH FROM THE FARM GUIDE

The annual publication of our Fresh From The Farm Guide has become an increasingly important way for the Land Trust to reach people who share our vision, both among farmers and the public at large. This 80-page publication is full of information on local farms, farmers markets, food banks, and more. It has become a valuable food and farm resource in the community with information on nutrition assistance programs, agricultural stats and facts, and an opportunity for the CFLT to shine a light on the work we do. This year in the guide, we celebrate our 25 years of farmland preservation work in the South Sound and take you on a tour of our properties. Check out the new booklet-style viewer of our guide online! We will have printed guides at our Annual Meeting and Meet-Up. We hope to see you at the Fishtale Brew Pub when you pick up your Fresh from the Farm Guide.

View our Guide Here!

DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUITY

In 2019, CFLT received a generous donation from the Tides Foundation to provide substantial funding for a property dedicated to BIPOC farming. Finding available farmland is always a slow process and one that often requires a certain amount of luck. So far CFLT has not been successful in its search. At its recent Retreat, the Board expressed new resolve to bring about the reality of this opportunity. There was a decision to seek out consultants that have had experience with other Land Trusts (or other entities) who have successfully addressed the inequities of farmland ownership and who might help us in this process.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI) has been charged with exploring this new direction.

In addition, the Farmland Preservation Committee is in the process of creating a larger network of people in the agricultural community to work with us in the search for a future BIPOC farm.

FINANCIAL REPORT

NOTES: Unrestricted donor contributions in 2021 allowed CFLT to maintain enough cash flow to cover operating costs for ten months forward. Farm properties are recorded at the lower of cost or market value.

CFLT used Restricted Acquisition funds received in prior years to pay for the difference between Grant money received for our new farm in 2021 and the gross acquisition cost.

Often, in non-profit accounting, if the non-profit uses previous years' received Restricted funds, then the non-profit will show a cash flow loss upon their use.

Vote for Board Candidates

Please vote to approve or disapprove this slate of board candidates below.

2022 SLATE OF CANDIDATES

  • Marcie Cleaver Retired Rancher, Chair of the Board

  • Byron Cotton Ag Economist, Retired Ag Commodity Trader, Treasurer

  • Pat Labine Faculty Emeritus, Ecological Agriculture Evergreen State College, Clerk

  • Rachel Freidman Retired Business Owner, Motion in Balance Studio

  • Joel Slovick Small Business Banker

  • Ann Vandeman CPA, Farmer/Former Director of Left Foot Organics

CONTINUING ON THE BOARD

  • Colin Barricklow Owner/Farmer Kirsop Farm

VOTE FOR CFLT BOARD CANDIDATES HERE

Value Added Producer Grants

The Notice for the Value-Added Producer Grant program was published in the Federal Register on March 1, 2022. The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income.

Paper applications are due May 2, 2022

Grants.Gov applications are due April 25, 2022

Deadlines: Follow the instruction and rules in the Federal Notice

Click HERE to apply.

Eat the Rainbow

We are partnering up with Sophie Burley of What’s Good Nutrition to bring you nutrition information and delicious recipes in our monthly newsletters. Sophie believes that food can change – almost- everything. “Our daily food decisions make the world and our bodies either better or worse. It is in our hands (or forks)!” This month she invites you to Eat the Rainbow.

DONATE