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.
Snohomish County will use this grant to buy development rights on the remaining 74 acres of a 314-acre, regionally significant farm 5 miles south of Monroe. Peoples Ranch is the center of operations for the Hollandia Dairy Farm. Established in 1990, the dairy milks 500 cows, grows 130 acres of green chop, and raises cattle. The soils are classified as prime farmland soils by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the dairy is restoring the Snoqualmie River banks. The Hollandia Dairy Farm’s extensive infrastructure, proximity to major markets, and commitment to best management practices make the farm a vital component of the local dairy industry. Snohomish County will contribute $343,210 in conservation futures. (08-1111)