Bennington Place challenge grant matched for a total of $70,000
Sound Consumer | August 2004
by Stephanie Taylor, Director, Farmland Fund
Bennington Place campaign update
The Farmland Fund saved another farm — 174 acres in the Walla Walla Valley called The Bennington Place. Now we're raising $250,000 to repay the loan for the down payment, with $135,000 to go.
In March, Leona Bronstein and the Quixote Foundation pledged a combined challenge grant of $35,000, to be matched dollar for dollar. Thanks to Shipley Fields donors who redirected their gifts to the Bennington Place. We've raised the match — a combined total of $70,000.
For more information, visit the The Farmland Fund steps over the mountains to save a new farm, Sound Consumer, March 2004.
From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.
From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background, from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
— Li-Young Lee
From In Praise of Fertile Land, winner of the 2003 Bumbershoot Literary Award. Special thanks go to the non-profit Whit Press for creating this anthology to benefit the Farmland Fund. All proceeds from sales of the book in PCC stores go to the Bennington Place. Poetry saves farmland!
Sierra Nevada gives 50¢ per six-pack purchased at PCC during August
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company was immediately attracted to the Farmland Fund because the crisis of diminishing farmland affects us all. Beer is an agricultural product. Our hops come from the Yakima Valley, and our malt comes from sources throughout the Northwest and Canada. Both of these vital commodities are being affected by urban sprawl, unwanted genetic engineering and markets that are manipulated and sometimes crushed by mega-brewers.
The lessons learned from our addiction to foreign oil are just as profound for our food sources. We cannot win the cycle of turning farmland into soulless tract housing while expecting the world to grow our food for us. Our rich American agricultural heritage must be saved. On this road there is no going back. Tract housing doesn't get turned back into profitable farmland.
Sierra Nevada is involved in many environmental issues, from proactive wastewater treatment to organic beef production from our spent grain. Our newest initiative is the installation of a cutting-edge fuel cell to power the brewery. By using fuel cell technology, we will make our power usage three times as efficient, while cutting NO2 emissions by 99.96 percent, SO2 emissions by 99.99 percent, and CO2 emissions by 59 percent.
Sierra Nevada will donate 50 cents per six-pack during the month of August to the Farmland Fund. Our Pale Ale is delicious. Our Summerfest is a luscious Munich-style quaffing lager, great for those hot days. We encourage you to help the Farmland Fund yourselves, through your donations and actions.
— Doug Mills, www.sierra-nevada.com
Donor Roster (June 1-30, 2004)
Ruth S. Dunlop
Paula G. Gill
Betty H. Hughes
Kirk Jolley & Judy Thompson
Virginia A. Kelley
Ronald D. Long
Helen Baker St. John
Robin B. Supplee
Mark & Nancy Tucker
Employees of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
More than 100 PCC staff members make voluntary payroll deductions twice a month.
Marijo & Jack Kinzel
Businesses and Organizations
AT&T Wireless (matching)
Amgen Foundation (matching)
Choice Organic Teas
Pike Brewing Company
TalkingRain Beverage Company
Wildwood Natural 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 web pages.