The availability of land for commercial and community farming has been identified by the American Farmland Trust as a primary need for the furtherance of local farming. We at Friends of the Farms work to keep our publicly-owned farmland viable and actively farmed. We also work to create opportunities for the acquisition/protection of more local farmland, either public or private.
Friends of the Farms has a management contract with the City of Bainbridge Island and is developing a land use plan for city-owned farmland properties, that allows for a mix of uses. Of special importance is the development of long-term leases for these lands.
Friends of the Farms also provides farm land use policy services for clients other than the City¬† of Bainbridge Island, under various ownerships, with lease and easement circumstances varying according to individual needs.