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Protect our next farm in the Stillaguamish Valley

Imagine a valley defined by its river that rushes through mountains, forests, and fertile farms, bending through Tribal lands before entering Puget Sound. This place, the Stillaguamish watershed, is of critical importance to PCC Farmland Trust, as well as the communities and wildlife that benefit from its landscape. As an advocate for local farming, we’re sure this place matters to you, too.

That’s why today, we are asking for your support as we aim to protect 200 acres along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. More than five times the average farm size in Snohomish County, Rengen Ranch features prime soils, wildlife habitat, and well-maintained infrastructure such as historic barns and a farm shop.

 

The care and stewardship of this land are a result of the dedication and hard work of landowner Penny Gutschmidt and her late husband, Glenn Rengen. The couple farmed the land as an Angus Beef cattle ranch for many years, and were committed to habitat restoration along the Stillaguamish River for its countless species of birds, elk, salmon, and trout. Today, Penny leases the property to local producers who use it for pasture and growing grain and vegetables at a commercial scale.

Just 20 minutes east of the city of Arlington, Rengen Ranch is at tremendous risk of conversion due to the population growth in its surrounding communities. As of 2017, Snohomish County was the fastest growing county in the U.S. The farm’s contiguous acres and proximity to local markets make conservation all the more important.

We are proud to share that we have already protected 10 farms across the Puget Sound region since launching the Our Farms, Our Future campaign. Rengen Ranch is one of 10 more farms we plan to protect over the next year, and we need your support to keep this work going. A gift today will ensure farms like Rengen Ranch can be passed on to future farmers, honoring the legacy of Penny and Glenn.

Photos by Molly Goren