Natembea Farm Preservation

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 Jefferson Land Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to permanently protect 77 acres of Natembea Farm, which is on Port Townsend’s city limits. The purchase will preserve the prime agricultural soils and productivity, wetlands, and the scenic character of the largest farm in Port Townsend. Natembea Farm provides land to six diverse operations that produce vegetables, fruit and nut trees, flowers, goat meat, and beef for local markets. Additional products include pickles, relish, preserves, and herbs The agreement will prevent the majority of future development and help ensure there is prime farmland available for food production near Jefferson County’s largest population center. The Jefferson Land Trust will contribute $530,800 in Conservation Futures and donated land or property interest.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Jefferson Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $430,000.00 Applicant Match: $530,800.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1681

Location Details

As you approach Port Townsend from Highway 20, turn left onto Mill Rd and take the immediate right turn onto Discovery Road. After approx 1/4 mile, turn west onto 7th Street. Take the middle fork onto the Natembea Farm driveway.

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.