PCC Farmland Trust

Farmer Ray Williams of Williams Hudson Bay Farm discusses organic alfalfa.
Photo by: Melanie Conner

PCC Farmland Trust was founded in 1999 by PCC Natural Markets as a separate, nonprofit organization. The Farmland Trust is the only 501 (c)(3) land trust in the United States dedicated exclusively to organic farmland preservation.

To date, the Trust has preserved 1,306 acres of organic farmland. The majority of our funds come from individuals—like you.

PCC Natural Markets is a strong advocate of PCC Farmland Trust, providing support through a variety of in-store promotions, vendor contributions, and cash donations. While some products from Trust-protected farms are sold at PCC stores, each farm’s relationship with PCC is an independent business decision made between PCC and growers.

How you can help

PCC Farmland Trust is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) land trust whose mission is to secure, preserve and steward threatened farmland in the Northwest, ensuring that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable, organic growing methods. The Farmland Trust takes its mission one step further by working to place farmers on rescued property, actively producing food for the local community.

Working to keep farms in the hands of farmers

In Washington state, we lose farmland at a rate of 23,000 acres each year—about the size of Lake Washington. PCC Farmland Trust is leading a call to action and increasing awareness about why it’s so urgent that we save what’s left of one of our most valuable natural resources: farmland.

To learn more about all of the farms that we’ve helped to preserve, please visit our farms page.

Shelf tags show which products at PCC benefit the Farmland Trust.

Ways to support the Farmland Trust at PCC

  • Look for shelf tags in all PCC stores identifying Farmland Trust contributors. Their generous support helps ensure a brighter future for organic agriculture.
  • Powers Winery has blended two exclusive wines, a lively Cabernet and a stylish Chardonnay, to benefit PCC Farmland Trust. Two dollars from each bottle purchased is donated to the Farmland Trust.
  • When you purchase PCC Farmland Trust 100% organic cotton totes, PCC Deli vegetable platters, or Chinook Books at PCC Natural Markets, a portion of the proceeds from the sale benefits the Trust.
  • Every time you reuse a shopping bag, coffee bag or egg carton, a 5-cent refund is donated automatically to PCC Farmland Trust and the PCC Food Bank Program.

More about: Ames Creek Farm, Nash's Organic Produce, Orting Valley Farms, PCC Farmland Trust

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Did you know?

  • PCC has more than 52,000 members and is directed by a nine person board of trustees.
  • PCC started as a small food-buying club of 15 families in 1953.
  • PCC is the largest consumer-owned natural food retail co-operative in the United States.

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