Three-way giving: to your loved ones, to farmland and to yourself

by Jody Aliesan, Director Farmland Fund

This article was originally published in December 2003

PCC Farmland Fund logo

(December 2003) — This season, present the new anthology In Praise of Fertile Land — or the colorful environmental coupon Chinook Book — in a Farmland Fund tote. Write your message on a postcard photo of the Delta Farm.

Honor friends and family with a gift to the Fund in their name. We’ll let them know with a copy of the card shown below (green and brown ink on cream card stock). Tell us what you’d like written inside.

Dedicate a “Protection Share” in our Delta Farm — an “investment” in land, farmhouse, barn, outbuildings, the orchard or individual fruit trees. Stakeholders receive certificates on fine paper with a green ribbon and gold seal. Your name and the names of those you honor or remember will be inscribed on permanent plaques attached to the barn.

Bring home a Farmland Fund crudité platter from the PCC Deli (10 percent goes to save farmland). Choose products from the dozens of vendor donors identified in PCC stores by Farmland Fund shelf tags.

Thank the farmers! Send a gift to the Farmland Fund and we’ll mail a handsome card to the farmer of your choice or we’ll choose a farmer for you from the Washington Tilth Producers Directory.

You’ll find the Chinook Books, totes, postcards and protection share brochures in the Farmland Fund displays in PCC stores.

silent auction dinner

A silent auction and five-course Italian dinner raised the remaining funds needed to help save Sunfield farm.

Sunfield raises the match

Farmland Fund check presented

As Sunfield opened doors to their five-course Italian dinner and silent auction at the Port Townsend Palindrome on October 4, the Waldorf school community was $3,400 short of the $15,000 they needed to earn the Farmland Fund’s $10,000 challenge grant.

Volunteers had worked the previous day and from early that morning preparing food now served by young people to the tune of local musicians — concertina, fiddle and Italian opera. Between the second and third courses, an anonymous donor asked what was needed and contributed the full remaining amount. The Farmland Fund’s check — representing gifts from 186 donors — was handed over and then held high over a blast of joyful cheers and applause long and strong enough to blow the doors open again.

Sunfield is working to save an 83-acre farm near Hadlock by raising $400,000 by February 2004. For more information about how you can help with their Land for Learning project, call 360-385-5885.

Bread is the warmest,
kindest of words.
Write it always with a capital letter,
like your own name.
— Russian cafe sign

From the anthology In Praise of Fertile Land (Whit Press, 2003), winner of the 2003 Bumbershoot Literary Award. All proceeds from copies sold in PCC Natural Markets benefit the Farmland Fund. Your purchase of a copy will save about the same amount of farmland as the size of the book.

Donor Roster (October 1-31, 2003)

Anonymous: 3
Michael B. Carrick
Barbara Dick
Brynnen L. Ford & Jonathan W. Brown
Denise Hauck
Mary Jane Helmann
Kathy Huet
Betty H. Hughes
The Johnston Household
Ronald D. Long
Susan Medeiros
Rich Moser
Vic & Linda Rantala
Lee Rolfe
Erde Sun
Mark & Nancy Tucker
Jim & Diane
Vanden Brook
Duane & Bert White
Nancy & Douglas Williams
Laurie Yamamura

In honor Of the wedding of Jason Katsanis & Bobbi Dykema
Lisa Hartin Pasco & Daniel Hartin Pasco
Marian Houkamp
Theodore & Pauline Katsanis

PCC Staff
More than 100 PCC staff members make voluntary payroll deductions twice a month.

Businesses and Organizations
Choice Organic Teas
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (matching)
Michael Gross, Windermere Real Estate
TalkingRain Beverage Company
Wildwood Harvest Foods

The PCC Farmland Fund works to secure and preserve threatened farmland in Washington State and move it into organic production. For more information, see the PCC Farmland Fund.

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