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Resignation won’t disrupt farm focus | Letters

April 15, 2013 · Updated 3:55 PM


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 joined the port, before Blankenship’s arrival, in spearheading 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, during one of the harshest economic downturns of our lifetime, we earned a strong endorsement from the 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 Group


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