Conservation Land Bank seeks farmer to move to Coffelt Farm Preserve on Orcas Island
Posted February 28, 2022 at 1:07 pm by Jeff Arnim
The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank is looking for an experienced farmer or farm organization — possibly from San Juan Island — to move their existing operation to Orcas Island.
The Land Bank has issued a request for proposals for a five-year farm lease on its 150-acre Coffelt Farm Preserve, with a five-year renewal option. The property includes pasture land, a house, and existing farm infrastructure. According to the RFP:
Since the Land Bank acquired Coffelt Farm Preserve [in 2008], farm operations were managed first by a non-profit, Coffelt Farm Stewards, and currently by Lum Farms LLC under an interim lease through 2022. These operations have maintained the farm as a diversified, though primarily livestock-based operation. In addition to advancing its stewardship goals, the Land Bank seeks to maintain the farm as a model for small-scale, community-oriented agriculture and as a welcoming place for visitors and all members of the community.
Proposals are due by Wednesday, June 1.
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