Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Greenbank Farm marches on

To the residents of Island County:

In response to recent stories and statements in the press concerning the Port of Coupeville and the Greenbank Farm Management Group, including the resignation letter from Commissioner Laura Blankenship, we offer the following perspective.

The Management Group, which joined the port before Commissioner Blankenship’s arrival, spearheaded the drive for the conservation easement, resulting in $325,000 of Conservation Futures funds for the port.

In addition, we rescued the Agricultural Training Center in 2011 when the Northwest Agriculture Business Center could no longer support it. We created an organic seed development program that is gaining regional attention. In 2012 alone, we brought in almost $250,000 in grants for projects and programs that improve the farm, in line with the community driven Master Site Plan that was approved by the Port of Coupeville.

Last, but certainly not least, we earned a strong endorsement from the Greenbank Farm’s business tenants. We believe that this record of accomplishment speaks for itself.

We have and will continue to focus on the health and vitality of Greenbank Farm, and the wide variety of opportunities it affords the Port of Coupeville as well as all who care for this very special place.

JUDY FELDMAN

Executive director

Greenbank Farm Management Grou

 

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