Since 2009, I have watched PCC Farmland Trust protect land in the Puyallup Valley, where my family has lived and farmed for nearly 140 years. The Trust is a respected partner in our tight-knit community, so last year I began working with them to ensure that an important piece of my family’s history—forty-four acres on the Carbon River—would remain farmland forever.
In the late 1800s, my great-grandfather bought a farm at the base of Mount Rainier and divided it between his two sons—my grandfather and my great uncle. My great uncle’s half was sold in 1957, while my grandfather’s land remained in our family, continuously farmed for 105 years. My father and grandfather grew wheat, peas, barley, and potatoes, as well as hay for livestock. The woodlands at the back of the property are still home to elk, deer, bears, cougars, and bald eagles.
I have seen a lot of change in the valley during my lifetime and I value all that the Trust has done to help protect this beautiful and abundant place. I support PCC Farmland Trust and I am proud to partner with them to preserve this land as farmland forever. I know it is what my grandfather would have wanted.
To me, this land is about more than one family—it represents a community’s past, present, and future. I want to ensure that this land is accessible to new generations of sustainable and organic farmers who will produce healthy food, take responsibility for nearby wildlife, and conserve natural resources. It is a simple dream, but an important one, and I know that PCC Farmland Trust will make certain it is realized.
Successful conservation of this farm gives me hope. Like you, I know that fertile farmland is a precious and limited natural resource. That is why I want to see more successes like this as PCC Farmland Trust continues to grow. Your gift is a worthwhile investment in the future of sustainable farming throughout the Puyallup Valley and beyond. Thank you.
P.S. All first-time gifts made to the Trust by midnight on December 31st, will be matched, up to $25,000!