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.
PCC Farmland Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement for Getchell Ranch, one of the oldest farmsteads in the Snohomish River Valley. The 94-acre ranch includes prime soils, a historic farmhouse and barn, a small heritage orchard, and pasture. Owned by the same family since 1873, the ranch has been home to sheep, pigs, dairy and beef cattle, oxen, poultry, fruit, corn, potatoes, pasture, and hay. The Washington Heritage Register, the Snohomish County Centennial Farm Registry, and the Snohomish County Register of Historic Places recognize Getchell Ranch’s significant cultural and historic value. The easement will prevent the land from being developed. PCC Farmland Trust will contribute $111,200 in donations of cash and a federal grant.