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Google grant to support farmland preservation in the Valley, the state

Hundreds of acres of organic farmland threatened by development in King and other Washington counties will be preserved in 2013 based in part on a $10,000 grant from Google Seattle.

PCC Farmland Trust will use the funds to develop stewardship plans, monitor land use, farming practices and assist farm owners with identification and planning of ecological restoration projects.  They also plan on engaging over 100 volunteers to restore farmlands and plant native trees in the Snoqualmie and Puyallup River Valleys.

The Google funds will also allow the organization to continue offering public farm tours and launch a new, “Walk and Talk” series which will pair local groups with farmers for quarterly educational events.

Google’s latest round of 2012 grants focused on efforts that help to reduce communities’ carbon footprints.  More information about Google’s green initiatives in addition to community grants can be found at google.com/green/

PCC Farmland Trust secures, preserves, and stewards threatened farmland in the Northwest. Established in 1999 by Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets, the nation’s largest consumer-owned grocery retailer, PCC Farmland Trust is an independent 501(c) (3) land trust. Since its inception, the Trust has saved 12 organic Washington state farms. Learn more at pccfarmlandtrust.org.

 

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