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Kawamoto Farm Purchase – Request for Proposals
August 27, 2021
Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative seeks qualified farmer(s) or cooperative to purchase historic Kawamoto Farm and house for active agricultural use. Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative is a network of organizations in Jefferson County, WA whose mission is to keep working lands viable. This includes farmland and forestland. View Request for Proposal document in English and Spanish.
ABOUT THE FARM
The historic Japanese-American Kawamoto Farm in Quilcene, WA will be for sale at an affordable agricultural price and has been in agricultural production for over 100 years. The 148-acre farm is located next to Lake Leland, alongside Highway 101, with moderately-sloped rolling topography. The property will be permanently protected with a conservation easement by Jefferson Land Trust this year, conserving the property’s agricultural and forestry values. The property is approximately 40 acres of farmland and 108 acres of forestland. Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative is working to find a buyer to purchase the farm after the easement is in place to bring the land back into active agriculture and contribute to the local economy. Due to topography, soils and other factors, the most likely agricultural use is presumed to be livestock or orchards.
Open market price was $965,000. As a result of conservation easement, chosen farmer(s) will purchase property from Kawamoto Family for under $500,000. See attached Request for Proposal for more details.
1) Interested applicants will provide a one page letter of interest by Sept. 30, 2021 to Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative describing their farming background, why they are interested, and proposed use of the property. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for acceptable alternative formats to a written letter.
2) Following submission of interest, there is an opportunity to visit the farm in person (or virtually) in mid-October prior to submitting full application. *Out of respect to current landowner, do not visit the farm outside of scheduled farm tours.*
3) Second phase: applicants will submit a full proposal which will include a business plan and farm plan; financing plan for purchase of the property; and references. Due by November 19th, 2021. Interviews will be conducted in early December for top proposals by the Selection Committee.
We encourage Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers to apply (defined by USDA as African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, His-panics, Asians, and Pacific Islanders.
We will do our best to accommodate non-English applications, including by offering translation services whenever possible.
HOW TO APPLY
All materials be submitted to email@example.com or mailed to:
Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative
1033 Lawrence St
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Need assistance with the process?
Please consider Jefferson Landworks partners when planning your proposal:
- North Olympic Development Council (Farm Business Advising) Mark@noprcd.org
- Craft 3 (Financing) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jefferson County Conservation District (Farm plans) email@example.com
- Port Townsend Food Coop (Market demands) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jefferson Land Trust (Farmland preservation information) email@example.com
- WSU Extension Office (Small Farms Info) firstname.lastname@example.org
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