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Tierra Y Agua Farmland and Watershed Stewardship Training Project
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2018
Project Description:

Funding will help to develop and implement the Tierra Y Agua Farmland and Watershed Stewardship Training Project, a training program in sustainable farm practices for emerging farmworker-owned farming cooperatives throughout Whatcom County and throughout the Salish Sea region. Foundation funding would be especially targeted for our work with Tierra y Libertad, a farmworker-owned cooperative which owns 60-acres of farmland in Whatcom County on which Community to Community is partnering to develop and implement entirely organic and sustainable farming practices that mitigate groundwater damage by mono-agriculture and its use of pesticides and that protect water draining into the Salish Sea. This land is particularly important in that it is the first farmworker-owned farming cooperative and a model for similar farmworker cooperatives now in development. With the help of the Rose Foundation, they will research and compile best practices, create a curriculum in organic growing practices and sustainable land management, and pilot a farm-based training program for members of the farmworkers cooperative.