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Farm to Farmer is a project of PCC 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

 

Amy Moreno-Sills, Farm to Farmer Coordinator (Pierce County)

Amy Moreno-Sills discovered her passion for agriculture while attending The Evergreen State College. Upon graduating she began her farming career in the Snoqualmie Valley of King County. It was there that she learned the business of farming and became an advocate for a myriad of agriculture-related issues. Amy and her husband met while working together on a King County farm and moved to Pierce County to farm in 2009. They started their own farm business, Four Elements Farm in 2014, and currently grow organic fruits and vegetables on PCC Farmland Trust conserved land. As a farmer and a conservation advocate, Amy has a deep desire to keep farmland in production. She is excited to help support the viability of farmers and farmland through her coordination of the Farm to Farmer program. 

Lily Gottlieb-McHale, Farm to Farmer Coordinator

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

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 County)

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.