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March 2010 Saving local organic farmland forever

Party Time!

Around here we call it ‘growing pleasures' not ‘growing pains' when we get to tell our story to new people.  And, at this point in the Trust's history, that's our goal.  No more preaching to the choir (you know we love you).  Now it's time to move on to fresher fields, greener pastures, and grow a bigger choir because, after all, we ALL love to eat. The Trust has come up with three models to cultivate new supporters:  (1) "Seeding the Future" is a house party thrown by current supporters to educate friends, family and colleagues; (2) "Local Chefs for Local Farms" is held at a local restaurant and features a panel presentation with farmers and chefs (see below); and (3) "The Farmer's Table" is held in someone's home and has the goal to raise $10,000 in one evening for the Future Farm Fund.  Come on, step up to the plate, and deepen your involvement with the Trust!  Call Lynne or Kelly for more information at (206) 547-9855.

LFLC-logo-Stacked-4color.gifGather with us at Tilth Restaurant with Chef Maria Hines on Tuesday, March 16th at 5:30 pm.  We'll share a 4-course prix fixe dinner with wine pairing, hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling reception.  Cost is $150 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and all proceeds support PCC Farmland Trust's Future Farm Fund to purchase Organic Agricultural Conservation Easements.  This event is limited to 50 guests; call (206) 633-0801 to reserve your spot. 


Top Chef Masters

Speaking of Maria Hines...three Seattle Chefs will be competing on the upcoming 2nd season of Top Chef Masters (premiers April 7 at 11 pm) on Bravo TV. Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy, Thierry Rautureau of Rover's and (you guessed it) Maria Hines of Tilth.  If she wins the prize of $100,000 for the charity of her choice, it'll go to... PCC Farmland Trust.  Go Maria!


Join our Growing List of Supporters

flt2.JPGA generous donor has extended the $5 for each new donor challenge pledge.  In honor of Earth Day's 40th anniversary this year, the Trust has set a goal of adding an additional 400 new donors by the deadline, April 30th.  We've had 600 new donors since last November and want to add 400 more.   Join us!

In addition, we'd like to start a monthly "Supporter's Corner" featuring you.  Lynn Schneider (pictured at right), a  Trust supporter, recently sent us this photo of her work with a community of formerly landless people in Brazil.  The community, through a strenuous government program, has had farmland re-appropriated to them that had been left unused by big land holders.

Please send your quotes and stories (100-200 words) to and tell us what ‘feeds' your passion for the Trust.


Furry maniacal bulldozers, new Piglets, and El Niño

by Joel Blais of Orting Valley Farms'  Crying Rock Farms, 1/30/10

Crying Rock_pigs.JPGThings are moving really fast these days. With the warm winter we are having, my hops started shooting up about a week ago. Likewise for roses, irises, camellias, and rhubarb. It seems like everything just went dormant, and now it is here already. Teresa had managed to throw her back out really good and had been laid up.

Also some nice fellow stole our insurance settlement out of our mailbox, so we have been pretty busy on the home front let alone pedaling the farm along. I think the piggies sensed our vulnerability and figured this was the time to stage their revolution.  

Read this Orting Valley farmer's entire blog entry here


Terra Organics seeks legal and accounting services

The farmers at Orting Valley Farms' Terra Organics are in need of legal counsel and accounting services to elevate their business to the next level. If you, or someone you know, would like to donate or offer reduced-fee services in either of these areas, please email Dan Hulse at


Thundering Hooves debut at PCC Fremont

Great News! Bennington Place Farm's  Thundering Hooves meats will start to be available in the Fremont PCC Natural Markets store in just a few weeks.  This is a test run to determine demand before they are offered in all the stores.  Visit Fremont to show your support for Thundering Hooves and truly local, grass-fed meat!  


Showing of Dirt! The Movie

Community Cinema Seattle continues their 5th Season on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM with the free Seattle premiere screening of the documentary DIRT! THE MOVIE directed by Gene Rosow and Bill Benenson at SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center. The film screening will be followed by an activity to engage the audience and leave them feeling empowered and/or inspired (including PCC Farmland Trust speakers).



Local Class Offerings

The "Passionate Pruner" offers more classes:  March 6:  Mason Bees - The Pollination Solution; March 20:  Effective Microorganism (EM) Technology in the Farm and Garden.  E-mail Kal at for more details.





BC on Cutting Edge of Urban Agriculture

by Randy Shore, The Vancouver Sun, 1/24/10

A new biological pest control laboratory at Kwantlen Polytechnic University will place B.C. at the forefront of a global revolution in urban food production. The lab -- the first of its kind in North America -- will develop insect-and microbe-based pest control systems for use on small-scale farms and in areas where farming and housing share space.

Cities all over the world and here in B.C. are integrating farming into the urban environment, from small-acreage market gardens to green-roof food production and community gardens in parks and sustainable housing developments.  But for people and commercial food production to coexist in a densely populated urban environment, alternatives must be found to replace chemical pest control, said Deborah Henderson, director of Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture.  Keep reading...



Organic Growers Stay Lean

by Ken Levy, Capital Press, 2/13/10  

Keeping a small-acreage, certified-organic farm profitable requires heavy doses of innovation, whether in labor savings, soil building or marketing strategies.  For Lee Rice and his father, Gilbert, doing it themselves has been a big boost to the profitability of Rice Family Farms in Meridian, ID.  Both are plumbers, which saved them about 40 percent in costs when they installed the drip irrigation system feeding their 9 acres in production.  Read on here. 



 When the soil disappears, the soul disappears.  ~Ymber Delecto

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