Greenbank barn makes historic register

The Greenbank Farm has been named to the Washington State Heritage Barn Register by the state Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The Barn Register is the state’s official listing of historically significant barns and associated agricultural buildings.

Having a property listed in the register is an honor that the Port of Coupeville, the owner, and the Greenbank Farm Management Group who manages the property are very pleased about, according to a news release from the Greenbank Farm. More than 400 barns state wide have been named to the Register since the program began. The register doesn’t impose restrictive covenants or easements, but it does assure protective review of property should a state action have a potential adverse effect to the property’s historic value.

The Greenbank Farm Management Group is currently holding its “Annual Appeal,” in which supporters help out financially to help the group meet the goals, improvements and programs at the farm. An anonymous donor has agreed to a $15,000 match donation, which means if the appeal raises $15,000 then it will double.

Every year thousands of locals and off-island visitors flock to the farm to attend the events that take place throughout the year. Those events include Sunday markets, plant sales, weddings, wine tastings and the popular Loganberry Festival. This year the Farm sponsored the first Community Supported Agriculture Organic Farmer Training Program, which will begin it’s second season soon. A Master Site Plan has been completed and work is underway on a conservation easement.

Several improvements to the farm have taken place in 2009 and, with the help of volunteers and donations from supporters, many more projects can be slated for completion. This is the first year the much of the money raised can go directory toward improvements and projects rather than Greenbank Farm operating expenses, a fact that the Greenbank Farm Management Group board and the Port of Coupeville are very proud of.

For more information about the annual appeal, visit the Farm’s Web site,, or call Greenbank Farm director Virginia Bloom at 678-7171.

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