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Celebrating our Community Farms at the 21st Annual Jefferson County Farm Tour

Author: Lilly Schneider | 09/26/23

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Jefferson Land Trust Board President Brian Rogers (left) and Board member Jen Harrison at Kodama Farm during Jefferson County Farm Tour 2023.

Working with our community, Jefferson Land Trust has protected more than 1,500 acres of agricultural land in Jefferson County, including 20 local farms. Over the weekend of September 16-17, we had a great time celebrating our amazing farms and farmers at Jefferson County Farm Tour 2023!

Twenty farms participated in this year’s tour, including four the Land Trust helped to permanently protect: Kodama Farm & Food Forest, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Sunfield Biodynamic Farm, and Compass Rose Farms. Land Trust staff and board members were graciously hosted for the weekend by farmers Ben, Grace, and the rest of the team at Kodama. We enjoyed the opportunity to connect with many community members and visitors (from as far afield as Rhode Island) out on the land, and couldn’t have asked for a more idyllic setting or better autumn weather.

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The awesome farmers of Kodama with some of their Nigerian dwarf goats. Photo courtesy of Kodama Farm & Food Forest.

It was exciting to see the progress of the onsite salmon habitat restoration project that’s being undertaken by our longtime partners the North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC) on the portion of Chimacum Creek that runs through the 45-acre property. Since the Land Trust and NOSC worked together with the Kodama farmers to protect the farmland in 2021, NOSC has worked closely with the farmers to restore wetlands and improve salmon habitat on the 21 acres of the property that the farmers set aside for this purpose.

A big thank you to the great team at Kodama for hosting us — and congratulations to The Production Alliance, who produce the Jefferson County Farm Tour, and to everyone involved in making this year’s Tour another grand success!

Don’t forget, you can enjoy the bounty of our farms’ fall harvests anytime by visiting either of the Jefferson County Farmers Markets, which remain open through October — the Port Townsend Farmers Market, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturdays, and the Chimacum Farmers Market, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sundays — or by visiting the Chimacum Corner Farmstand and the Food Co-Op in Port Townsend (both Save The Land sponsors) which provide marketplaces for local foods and products all year long.