The North Olympic Land Trust raised a record breaking $51,000 at their 2016 Harvest Dinner, and brought the community together around a common mission of protecting Clallam County’s farmland.
“It is amazing and humbling to see the community come together and invest in something they care about,” Tom Sanford, North Olympic Land Trust executive director, told the Sequim Gazette. “Without access to farmland, especially in the Sequim-Dungeness valley, this area would be a very different place.”
According to the article, the amount of farmland in Clallam County has declined more than 70 percent since the 1950s — making it all the more urgent to preserve the remaining farmlands. Local farmland ensures food security and preserves the beauty of the area, and is critical to a strong economy, healthy environment, and good quality of life. The event celebrating and raising funds to preserve local farmland sold out in record time.