Ebey’s Reserve Farmland – 3 Sisters Family Farms

Category Overview

Farmland Preservation protects valuable farmland and habitat for recreationally important animals, like salmon, birds, deer, and elk. These projects allow families to continue farming the land they have worked on for generations, and provide Washingtonians with healthy local food and a diverse economy. WWRP is the only source of farmland preservation funding in the state budget.

Project Highlights

The purpose of this acquisition project was to permanently protect prime, working historic farmland from development. The Whidbey Camano Land Trust (WCLT) used this grant to acquire permanent agricultural conservation easements on 139.14 acres of prime, productive, working farmland north ofPenn Cove on Whidbey Island. The easements extinguished 13 development rights in total. The properties are located in northern Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, which is renowned for its productive and culturally-significant agricultural lands. The 3 Sister’s Family Farms serves as an anchor site for future protection of farmland, which is threatened by the expansion of nearby cities. A wide variety of crops have been profitably grown on the properties, including seed crops, non-irrigated alfalfa, wheat, barley, corn and produce. The Warner conservation easement and Vande Werfhorst conservation easements protected additional farmland near the 3 Sisters Family Farm. All of the properties also support livestock and poultry operations.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whidbey Camano Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $358,722.69 Applicant Match: $358,722.69 Project Type: Acquisition County: Island Legislative District: 10 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1580

Location Details

From the Clinton Ferry, take Hwy 525 (turns into Hwy 20) north. As you pass Penn Cove on the right, turn right onto Arnold Road. Continue to the end of Arnold Road, and turn right on Monroe Landing Road. At the end of Monroe Landing Road, turn left onto Scenic Heights Road and proceed about one mile to the property. The 3 Sisters Family Farm will be on the left.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.