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Posted on: February 10, 2023

County Council Awards Five Year Lease at Coffelt Farm Preserve

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. 10 February, 2023 – San Juan County is pleased to announce Lum Farm has been awarded a long-term lease at Coffelt Farm on Orcas Island.  coffelt farm

Eric and Amy Lum have been stalwart stewards of Coffelt Farm since 2019, when their response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) resulted in a 16-month lease. That short-term lease was extended three times to allow for an extensive public process. Highlights include the Review and Analysis of Coffelt Farm report by the Conservation Ag Resource Team’s (CART), completion of the Lease Rate and Reserve Study, adoption of a new Stewardship and Management Plan, and the Long-Term Lease RFP.

With this week’s Council approval, Lum Farm will continue providing an array of farm products, as well continued commitment to community outreach and education events for the next five years, with an option to renew for another five years in 2028.

Media Contact: Tanja Williamson, Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator, tanjaw@sjclandbank.org, 360-378-4402

About San Juan County’s Conservation Land Bank

San Juan County’s Conservation Land Bank, funded by a 1% real estate excise tax paid by purchasers of property at closing, acquires and protects special places in the Islands including coastlines, farmland, forests and wetlands. The department offices are located at 328 Caines Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information about San Juan County’s Land Bank, visit www.sjclandbank.org.

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