Skagitonians To Preserve Farmland (SPF) is a membership based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Skagit County's farmers, farming & farmland. Founded in 1989 by farming families, SPF's mission is to ensure the economic viability of Skagit County agriculture and its required infrastructure through farmland protection, advocacy, research, education and awareness. As a land trust, SPF accepts donations and holds 9 property easements. Despite notable efforts to protect farmland from 1982-1992 more than 18,000 acres were converted. AFT lists Skagit Valley as the 5th most threatened farming area in the U.S. in 2000. With 93,000 acres and 700 properties with agriculture status, the valley has a $220 million gross income from some 83 different agricultural products. Purchasing development rights is half of the solution. Keeping every producer, regardless of size of operation or number of acres, is the other half of keeping the valley as a viable working landscape. Located between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, B.C. the valley has 22 certified organic farms and an estimated 50-75 small farms with $250,000 gross annual sales, excluding horse, llama and specialty farms. The Skagit Valley is well positioned to be the local food production center of the region.
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