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.
Jefferson Land Trust is applying for grant funds to purchase a conservation easement on the approximately 77-acre Natembea Farm, located along the city limits in both the City of Port Townsend and in unincorporated Jefferson County. The purpose of this acquisition is to permanently preserve the prime agricultural soils and productivity, wetland habitat, and scenic character of the largest farm within the City of Port Townsend. Conservation values include nearly 70-acres of Farmland of Statewide Importance soils; agricultural ponds and a well with agricultural water rights; agricultural infrastructure and natural wetlands. Natembea Farm currently provides land to six diverse agricultural operations that produce vegetables, fruit and nut trees, flowers, goat meat and beef for local markets. The easement will extinguish all but a few of the many development rights associated with the Natembea Farm and will help ensure that there is prime farmland available for food production in close proximity to Jefferson County’s largest population center, where there is both a strong demand for local food and increasing development pressure.