Lending capital and consulting services for farmers, foresters, and agricultural related businesses.Craft3 is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) lender with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. They complement financial resources with their own expertise, networks and other advocacy for their clients. Craft3 has invested more than $380 million in over 4,800 people and businesses in the Oregon and Washington. Craft3 provides loans to businesses, nonprofits and individuals, including those without access to traditional financing.
Provides a robust marketplace for local, organic produce and products.The Food Co-op, located in Port Townsend, Washington is a member-owned full-service grocery supporting 44 local farmers and 80 local producers year round. With 6,000 active members, it employs 90+ local residents with gross sales of over $14 million. A consumer cooperative since 1972, The Food Co-op follows the Rochdale Cooperative Principals as well as its own mission: We seek to uphold the health of our community, and thereby the world, by providing reasonably priced whole foods and other basic goods. Everyone is welcome to shop, anyone can join. The Food Co-op offers market access to local farmers and foresters products.
Helping Jefferson County residents meet sustainable land use goals by providing information and technical and financial assistance. Conservation districts are nationwide, grassroots conservation agencies. Jefferson County Conservation District (JCCD) is a non-regulatory sub-division of state created in 1946 to maintain and expand economically viable agriculture and forestry operations, while protecting and improving the area’s natural resources. The JCCD staff spends time in the field bringing problem-solving skills to landowners and in classrooms or at public events sharing technical information and fostering natural resource stewardship in the community.
Helping the community preserve open space, working lands and habitat forever. Jefferson Land Trust is a non-profit, community-based land conservation organization working locally to ensure that a healthy environment sustains a healthy community. It has helped protect and steward over 12,000 acres in Jefferson County, including some of our area’s most productive farms, richest wildlife habitat and significant forests. Jefferson Land Trust helps connect people with available farm and forest properties, and offers free consultations to explore how you can conserve your land, including the potential to reduce property costs through conservation programs.
Outreach, services, and market access for farmers and foresters. Jefferson County Farmers Market Association (JCFMA) is the highest grossing farmers market west of Seattle, showcasing more than 90 vendors and attracting up to 1,000 visitors each week. In 2005, total gross sales topped $500,000, with 85% of sales from local residents. With both sales and number of vendors steadily increasing, the farmers market provides a vital link between local farmers and consumers. Community support for the market demonstrates the viability of selling locally produced food as something more than a commodity product. JCFMA provides market access to local farmers and foresters.
Outreach, education, research, access to food, farm, and forestry research, and business training and development. Jefferson County’s WSU Extension’s mission is to engage people, organizations, and communities to advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life by fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research.WSU Extension provides farm and food business planning resources, technical assistance through educational workshops and regional research stations, and educational curriculum resources.