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

 

 

Lily Gottlieb-McHale, Farm to Farmer Coordinator

Lily Gottlieb-McHale, Farm to Farmer Coordinator (King/Pierce)

Lily is a vegetable farmer and landowner in Enumclaw, WA who has served on all sides of the land access spectrum – searching, buying, leasing, and now, matching. Lily’s passion for sharing resources and working within a community of farmers led her to start her own farm business, Shared Soil. Shared Soil addresses issues of land access by renting farmland to multiple farmers at a time. Lily has experience building farm infrastructure, writing leases, and navigating the farmer/landowner relationship. While working for a community organization in South King County, Lily coordinated food access initiatives and organized a community farmers market with non-traditional farmers. After serving as an advocate and organizer for beginner and immigrant farmers in her community, Lily is thrilled to formalize her land access and matching work through her role as Farm to Farmer Coordinator. 

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.