On the Farm

Read the latest from the Farm Planning and Agricultural Assistance Program.

May 09

Sustainable Farms and Fields Funding is Here!

Posted on May 9, 2023 at 4:33 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

A pasture in Pierce County with a view of Mount Rainier in the background.

Application Deadline: June 1st
Contact us ASAP to discuss a potential project

PCD obtained funding to provide FREE cover crop and pasture seed this spring. This funding is available to landowners working with our farm team to implement pasture rejuvenation and cover crop seeding using no-till and reduced tillage seeding methods.

To be eligible for funding, projects must be completed between July 14th, 2023 - June 30th, 2024. This will allow us to provide cost share for practices that sequester carbon in the ground and prevent nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. These practices include roofs for manure storage structures and cross fencing to facilitate rotational grazing.

Visit the Sustainable Farms and Fields webpage for more info and contact your local farm planner with your ideas. We would love to help fund your project!

The deadline for the application is June 1st. Get in touch ASAP if interested.

Jan 27

A Day in the Farm Field

Posted on January 27, 2023 at 1:44 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

PCD’s Farm Team was welcomed by this horse when work started on a farm plan on the Key Peninsula.
PCD’s Farm Team was welcomed by this horse when work started on a farm plan on the Key Peninsula.

When you visit a farm, you encounter lots of animals! PCD’s Farm Team regularly visits farms to offer landowners the resources and assistance needed to better manage their land. From establishing fencing, implementing rotational grazing, or creating an efficient manure bin, these animals are getting a better home

If you’re interested in learning more about farm planning and agricultural assistance, please visit the farm team website.

A white dog named Potter looks at the camera. He is sitting outside on grass.
Potter’s farm just got a big native plant delivery to help restore its creek side property.

This goat Snowflake's owners received a free soil test to get pasture grass growth for her!
 Snowflake’s owners received a free soil test to help promote better pasture grass growth for her!

Sep 28

PCD Welcomes a New Farm Resource Specialist

Posted on September 28, 2022 at 4:24 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Sarah Lemon with Dahli, one of Carnation Farms Finn sheep.
Sarah Lemon with Dahli, one of Carnation Farms Finn sheep.

We are excited to announce that Sarah Lemon has joined the PCD team as a Farm Resource Specialist! She will be focusing on the Puyallup Watershed.  

Sarah joins the team after several years of full-time livestock farming, most recently at Carnation Farms in Carnation, WA.  

Sarah brings expertise in soil science, small-scale livestock production, agricultural policy, and poultry processing.  Her background includes a BS in geology from Colgate, an MS in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin, and a recent Graduate Certificate in Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University.  

Outside the office Sarah can be found working sheep for fun, dancing, and getting to know her new Pacific Northwest home.   

We are excited to welcome Sarah to the team and hope you’ll bump into her in the office or at one of our events!