Farm to Farmer is a program of Washington Farmland Trust, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) land trust working to protect threatened farmland in Washington. We aim to keep land in production by making it accessible to future generations of farmers. 

 

FARM TO FARMER TEAM

Alex Machado, Farmer Collectives Manager

Alex Machado joined the Washington Farmland Trust team in 2023 as the Farmer Collectives Manager, bringing her passion for food sovereignty, land access, and cooperative development. This is a new role for Washington Farmland Trust that focuses on supporting farmer collectives and cooperatives with land access through the Farm to Farmer program. Alex brings a diverse professional background that has spanned fabrication, construction, ranching, inclusive community building, project management, and education. She is also bilingual and looks forward to serving Farm to Farmer clients in both English and Spanish. Alex is the owner and founder of Sundog Sheep Company in Spokane, where she currently resides and raises Navajo-Churro sheep for grass-fed lamb, hides, and wool, and offers targeted grazing services. In addition to her work with livestock, Alex is also a holistic management practitioner and the co-facilitator of New Cowgirl Camp. In her spare time, Alex enjoys spending time at the intersection of conservation and outdoor recreation: paddling, foraging, fishing, and subsistence hunting. Alex is an active member of the Hunters of Color Washington Chapter.

libby reed, Farm to Farmer Statewide Manager

libby joined Washington Farmland Trust in 2023, bringing over two decades of varied experience in agriculture and nonprofits to her role as Farm to Farmer Statewide Manager. Whether working in program management to serve arts, environmental, or advocacy organizations to owning and operating her own farm, libby’s work has always been rooted in relationship building. libby is passionate about food production, food systems, and land access, as well as establishing meaningful engagement between organizations and the people they support. libby received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Affairs from the University of Colorado. When she is not working, you can find libby exploring her creative outlets, making music, taking photographs, and spending time with her human and animal families.

Nayla Jiménez Cabezas, Farm to Farmer Director

Nayla was born and raised in Costa Rica surrounded by family and nature, having grown up on seven acres of land that her grandparents restored. She received her BA in Education and Business Administration, and went on to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Education with a focus on organizational sustainability from Goshen College. Nayla has worked as COO of a federally qualified health care center, as a small business development consultant, and as an independent project manager for a variety of organizations and businesses. As Farm to Farmer Network Manager, Nayla is excited to help launch the Farm to Farmer Network, a collaborative model for growing Washington Farmland Trust's land access work to serve more communities across the state. Motivated by her own journey and experiences as a Brown, gay immigrant, Nayla cares deeply about issues of access and equity, and is a strong believer in the transformative power of relationships. Nayla aims to apply these values to her work as she connects with farmers, landowners, and other partners across the state. 

Anna Chotzen, Farm to Farmer Coordinator (Skagit)

Anna is the Business & Marketing Manager at Viva Farms, a non-profit farm business incubator serving aspiring and limited-resource farmers in Western Washington. Anna manages Viva Farms' sales program, as well as the development and implementation of its business training program. She is deeply committed to helping farmers achieve financial viability, and has worked as an advocate for and advisor to small-scale farmers, particularly on topics related to business and marketing, for over a decade. As the Skagit County coordinator of Farm to Farmer, Anna collaborates with her colleagues at Viva Farms to draw on their knowledge and expertise on a wide range of agricultural subject areas, including diversified vegetable and berry production, food safety and land assessment, and leasing and purchasing land. Anna is thrilled to expand Viva Farms’ impact to the broader agricultural community through land access programming like Farm to Farmer, which aligns closely with Viva Farms' mission to empower the next generation of farmers and preserve our agricultural economy for generations to come.