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Fundraiser | On the Farm

Love the Land: A community gathering for local farms

Thursday, September 15 : 5:30 pm 8:30 pm Pacific Time

Center for Urban Horticulture (Next to UW Farm)

3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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Thanks to our Washington Farmland Trust community of friends and supporters, Love the Land was a huge success! Together we raised $193,000 to expand our programs, grow our impact, and help sustain a future for farming in Washington. Thank you!

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful summer evening surrounded by our beloved community. Thank you to our event host and King 5 journalist, Angela Poe Russell, who graciously welcomed our guests and helped us kick-off the program with a musical performance by the local funk band, True Loves. Our Senior Fundraising Communications Manager, Marisol Morales, honored our food workers by reading “Prayer of the Farmworkers Struggle” written by Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farmworkers of America, followed by Lillianne Ballesteros, Executive Director of Latino Community Fund of Washington, with a beautiful acknowledgement of Latine Heritage Month.

We were inspired by the amazing words from Washington Farmland Trust leaders and local farmers. Melissa Campbell, Executive Director of Washington Farmland Trust, highlighted the growth and evolution of the Trust and our commitment to equity. And Nayla Jiménez Cabezas, Senior Farm to Farmer Network Manager, called attention to farmers across Washington who need assistance finding land and prioritizing those farmers from BIPOC communities. Lastly, we heard personal stories from farmers David Haakenson of Jubilee Farm and Anne Bailey Freeman of Bailey Farm, each reflected on their farm journeys and resilience to navigating multiple barriers that come with farming. We have so much to learn from the people who grow our food. Thank you to the farmers who shared their stories, and to each of you for showing up to support those who feed us.

On behalf of the board, staff, and farmers of Washington Farmland Trust – thank you for supporting Love the Land!

We look forward to seeing you next year at Love the Land!

With Gratitude, 

The Love the Land Team

Program speakers

Thank you to all our program speakers and event host!

Event Host
Angela Poe Russell, Evening Reporter, King 5
Special Guest
Lilliane Ballesteros,
Executive Director,
Latino Community Fund of WA
Organizational Overview
Melissa Campbell, Executive Director, Washington Farmland Trust
Program Spotlight
Nayla Jiménez Cabezas,
Sr. Farm to Farmer Network Manager,
Washington Farmland Trust
Special Guest
Anne Bailey Freeman, Farmer, Bailey Farm
Special Guest
David Haakenson,
Farmer, Jubilee Farms

Featured artist

True Loves

Thank you to our sponsors

Special Thanks

Cameron Catering | Synchronicity Events | Jason & Siri at Local Roots


Interested in supporting our event with sponsorship or volunteerism?
View our sponsorship options or contact Claudia Lewis, Senior Donor Engagement Manager at clewis@wafarmlandtrust.org

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