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Did you know that, according to a 2009 inventory of farmland, Thurston County has approximately 68,000 acres of farmland? From the rich, fertile Independence Valley to the rolling pastures of Smith Prairie, farmland accounts for about 1 out of every 7 acres in the county! This land is owned and managed by private land owners and entities that play a large role in managing the health of our shared natural resources. However, farmland in Thurston County is at long-term risk of being developed for non-agricultural uses. With the median age of farmers at 57 years old and 75% of farmland within 3 miles of developing urban areas, the pressures of development are great. Thankfully, there are options to protect the county’s productive and scenic farmland.

The mission of our South Sound FarmLink program is to keep farmland in production in the South Sound region for generations to come in such a way that is affordable and accessible to all interested farmers.

South Sound FarmLink connects farmers and landowners to: local resources, technical and financial assistance, and most importantly each other. Through our farmland leasing database, farmers looking for land have access to landowners with land for lease or purchase.  Along with land listings in our database, South Sound FarmLink puts on regular educational workshops and presentations to help farmers establish their operation and landowners plan for the future of their property.

Why South Sound Farmlink?

Farmers:                                                                          Landowners:
Lease land to begin or expand your operation               Add value & reduce property taxes
Improve your operation with technical assistance        Support the future of agriculture in Access financial planning & assistance programs         your community
                                                                                                  Benefit from leasing income                                                                                                                 Keep your land in production

How it works:

1. Click on the word below that describes you and fill out the questionnaire. The more information we have, the better the farmer-landowner match that we can facilitate.

FARMER                   LANDOWNER

2. Results will be reviewed regularly for potential matches. Farmer and landowner will be contacted to discuss options and make arrangements for a visit. Farmers may also request information on the farms listed on the map below.

3. Lease and purchase agreements will be made solely through the parties involved. Thurston Conservation District staff are available to facilitate conversations, provide lease templates, and answer questions.

For more information, contact:

Nora White
nwhite@thurstoncd.com
(360)754-3588, ext. 105

South Sound FarmLink Listings

DISCLAIMER: Farm locations indicated on the map are generalized to protect the privacy of our participants.

Click on icons for more information about potential farmland opportunities. When inquiring about a specific opportunity, please note the 4-digit farm number for our reference.

To sign up for the South Sound Farmlink Program or request more information on an opportunity listed here, please contact Nora White at nwhite@thurstoncd.com or (360)754-3588, ext. 105


Resources

Business Planning Tools

Succession Planning Tools

  • Planning The Future Of Your Farm  A  workbook for farmers who want to transfer their operation to the next generation and/or keep it in production. *Spanish Language copies available upon request*

Legal Issues and Structures


Disclaimer: Individuals submitting either form must agree to the following by checking the final box of the questionnaire.

By submitting this form, I/we agree that the South Sound FarmLink program offered by the Thurston Conservation District is for the purposes of collecting data on farmland seekers and landowners in order to create dialogue between the two parties, solely for farmland purchasing, leasing, or other agriculture related agreements. These agreements are the sole responsibility of the farmland seeker and landowner and shall not bind the Thurston Conservation District, or its partners, or Thurston County to any “linking” contract between the two parties.  I/we agree to hold Thurston Conservation District and Thurston County harmless from any and all claims and lawsuits relating to the South Sound FarmLink program.

Additionally, I/we certify that the information provided and statements made are accurate and true to the best of my/our knowledge. This information is provided solely for the purpose of participating in the FarmLink program.

I/we hereby give permission to the South Sound FarmLink program, operated by Thurston Conservation District and its stated partners, to release my/our name, contact information, and any other pertinent information detailed above to interested landowners or potential farm operating partners for the sole purpose of discussing opportunities for farmland linking.