Farm to Farmer to inherit Washington FarmLink in November
After nearly 20 years of helping farmers find land across the state, Tilth Alliance’s Washington FarmLink program will sunset on November 19, 2021 and be folded into Washington Farmland Trust’s Farm to Farmer program. The two organizations are long-time partners and are thrilled to make this decision together as a way to offer one go-to resource for farmers to buy, sell, or lease land in Washington.
This change comes at a critical time of growth and development for both organizations. Since 2002, Washington FarmLink has helped connect hundreds of farmers and landowners across Washington State with its online matching services, directory of resources, and referrals to like-minded organizations and service providers. Today, Tilth Alliance is focusing on growing and strengthening its farmer education programs and building an advocacy coalition in support of organic and sustainable agriculture.
“Tilth Alliance is proud to partner with Washington Farmland Trust as they grow their program to provide land access to local farmers,” said Melissa Spear, Executive Director of Tilth Alliance. “We will continue to support local farmers by deepening our commitment to providing peer-to-peer learning opportunities, especially with regard to organic, regenerative, and sustainable practices, and advocating for programs, policies, and resources that support a more sustainable food future.”
After launching Farm to Farmer in 2018, Washington Farmland Trust continues to invest in land access programming and technical assistance for local farmers. By inheriting Washington FarmLink, Farm to Farmer will move from serving three counties in Washington (King, Pierce and Skagit Counties) to serving the entire state of Washington, with support from its growing team of place-based coordinators.
“As we prepare to grow Farm to Farmer to serve more communities across Washington, we are thrilled to be able to inherit Washington FarmLink and continue to provide services to the many farmers and landowners who benefited from this program for so many years,” said Megan Jenny, Community Partnerships Director at Washington Farmland Trust. “This shift plays to each of our organization’s strengths and allows us to work together to provide comprehensive support to Washington’s agricultural communities.”
Effective November 19, all listings with prior approval from the listing holders will transfer from wafarmlink.org to farmtofarmer.org, allowing this new cohort of Farm to Farmer participants to access the program’s suite of benefits and services. In addition to the website where farmers and landowners can share listings and connect with one another, Farm to Farmer helps participants connect with opportunities, clarify land search and tenure goals, understand financial readiness and financing options, identify equitable leases, complete due diligence, access education and training opportunities, and more.