We need $300,000.00 in order to acquire and match emergency preservation grants already in place for a critically endangered King County Historic Landmark that has fallen into dire disrepair. This 8.7 acre Farmstead and its historic structures ware established in 1880 and have been ... Read More
We need $300,000.00 in order to acquire and match emergency preservation grants already in place for a critically endangered King County Historic Landmark that has fallen into dire disrepair.
This 8.7 acre Farmstead and its historic structures ware established in 1880 and have been lovingly protected to the best of his abilities by its present owner since the late 1970s. The present owner has been a farmer in the white river valley for over 50 years and is now in retirement. His hope is to see the farm remain public and out of the hands of commercial farmers who will demolish the Landmarks dwellings and massive 140 year old trees. The farmer has agreed to a very fair acquisition price in exchange for its salvation. We are committed to stepping up and saving his King County legacy. All we need is you!!
We have made the initial pledge of $200,000.00 and will match all contributions up to that amount. In addition to our initial pledge; we are committing ourselves for the lifetime of the project.
We have done this before using only our own resources. We know and understand historic construction, deconstruction and restoration. The other historic properties we have saved were put to use as vacation rentals to recoup our investments however this project is very expansive and will offer not return with the exception of its service to the local community. The dwellings and Historic Dairy barn are all almost completely original including the lot lines; making this Forgotten Farmstead the only one of its kind in all of King County Washington. Historic preservation is a labor of love and often leaves no room for profits. Federal agencies recognize this as fact and provide grants to help protect their national historic inventory.
This will be the first project that we have asked for outside support on and cannot emphasize enough how criticaly endangered this Landmark is in its current condition. We need to move fast to ensure no further or irreversible damage to the structures occurs while we are scrambling to get funds in place.
When complete this Landmark can serve as:
A small public park that includes small farm stock to interact with
An affordable local event center
Affordable Housing for a few residents
Free or very affordable public garden plots
4H youth programs can be established and executed here
U-pick produce (gets people outside and active)
Education destination for agricultural studies
Owl pellet resource for local schools (from the barn owls)
Although this small protected Landmark is located right in a major city surrounded by condos it is considered rural and has no development rights. It has been preserved by the old farmer and for the community. In order to protect the farmland from developers he had to go head to head with local and state agencies. To prove his intent he had to give up his developments rights. He convinced many other landowners to join the effort and donate their lands to the protected class he had created. Resulting in a small pocket of protected public farmland for all to enjoy.
Sadly, the farmers personal resources were not enough and after suffering a serious injury he lost control of the property maintenance. After sitting abandoned for many years the old farmer had conceded to its fate and all but given up. We have pooled our own resources, renovated and inhabited one of the small structures. We are already seeing a lot of smiles on the old farmer and the locals faces. People stop to ask if the berries are back and we are assuring them that the day is coming. (for the record we know nothing about berries but are committed to maintaing the patches after the old farmer departs )
It is time to bring this old farmer to tears and step up as a community to repay him for his gift of nearly 40 years of public service and an eternity of public lands.
Seeing his dream realized in his lifetime is a big task but we can do this! He dreamed it and we are going to achieve this together!
As tired and worn out as he was; despite him closing his berry patch years ago, our presence and support over the last 12 months have given him the ambition to try again and he is still out there on his tractor trying to plant a raspberry patch for everybody to come enjoy. He misses and loves his community and dreams he'll see the day that the public returns. Let's keep this community and its old farmer in their berry patch and utilizing public lands. We must return these beautiful historic structures and land to use so that the Landmark can sustain itself. We cannot allow historic botanic gardens and some of the regions oldest trees to be destroyed.
Unfortunately this property will not qualify for traditional financing even if it could; the interest on such a large amount would not be feasible. Every dime must go directly toward the structures.
Thank you for taking time to consider funding this project . Every penny is a blessing and should you find yourself in South King County Washington, please do not hesitate to contact me and stop in to see this amazing piece of history for yourself and make the old farmers day and ours!
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Gracie and her husband Donald have used their own resources and time to save two other historic landmarks and return them to public use Theyre going to need some help for the next salvation or run the risk of seeing it lost to commercial farming and demolished
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