Seattle, Wash., May 1, 2013—American Farmland Trust has received a $40,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Company to support a Food, Farms, and Forests Day in Washington’s Snoqualmie Valley. During the fall event, volunteers will plant riparian forests on Snoqualmie Valley farms and learn more about sustainable farming practices over a lunch of locally grown food.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to promote environmental stewardship and restoration efforts on local farmland through the Snoqualmie Food, Farms, and Forest Day,” said Christy Carr, American Farmland Trust’s Pacific Northwest conservation manager. “The event will cultivate the ‘farm-city connection’ beyond food production by engaging urbanites in on-farm conservation projects and increase understanding about the critical role of farmers and farmland in the health of the environment.”
American Farmland Trust was among 64 nonprofit organizations nationwide named recipients of Wells Fargo’s 2013 Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program on Earth Day. The goal of the program, which is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is to provide cash grants for highly impactful projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment.
“We’re pleased to announce American Farmland Trust as a recipient of Wells Fargo’s environmental grant program to help provide long-term solutions to the region’s environmental challenges,” said Ashley Grosh, head of Wells Fargo Environmental Philanthropy.
“We sought out the best ideas and programs to protect and conserve the environment for local communities,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “Through Wells Fargo’s generous contributions, these community-based projects will provide immediate benefits to local ecosystems and will help build and strengthen environmental stewardship ethics.”
For more information about the Snoqualmie Food, Farms, and Forest Day and other American Farmland Trust activities in Washington, please visit www.farmland.org/washington.