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American Farmland Trust's projects in Washington enlist farmers, environmentalists, urbanites and rural dwellers—everybody who must work together if agriculture is to have a chance.

Bainbridge Island: A Farmland Protection Model for Urbanizing Communities
Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle, has a rich agricultural history—but the island’s farmland base has declined to several hundred acres, with only 222 acres classified as agriculture for tax purposes. To protect their farmland and keep it economically viable, the city of Bainbridge contracted AFT to complete An Assessment and Recommendations for Preservation and Management of City-owned Agricultural Land [PDF, 1.38MB], a report for the city of Bainbridge Island. AFT’s report analyzed the key public benefits and values of the island’s farmland, evaluated models for protecting the island’s agricultural properties and made recommendations to help improve the viability and long-term prospects for farms. more
 
Partnering for Farms AND Salmon

American Farmland Trust has partnered with Shared Strategy for Puget Sound to create a locally supported “Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan” that saves both farms and fish. The draft plan, now under comment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service (NOAA), contains a section that specifically recognizes the environmental importance of preserving agriculture. The plan presents actions that can be taken to save salmon while also saving farms. When done properly, this can result in a “partnership for farms and salmon” in the Puget Sound, representing a huge step ahead for local farmers. more

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Pacific Northwest Office
Don Stuart, Pacific Northwest States Director
104 West Meeker, Suite A
Puyallup, WA 98371
(p) 253-446-9384 (f) 253-446-9388
dstuart@farmland.org

 
 
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