The Vashon Land Trust purchased historic Matsuda Farm in 2015, marking it’s first-ever farmland preservation project. By selling their family home and farm to the Land Trust, the Matsuda family allowed the property’s rich history to be shared and preserved in perpetuity, while providing many new agricultural and recreational opportunities for the Vashon community.
The Land Trust has been busy working towards bringing historic Matsuda Farm back into agricultural production for the first time since the 1980’s – and our partnerships have been key to getting the project off the ground. Thanks to grants from King Conservation District, Northwest Farm Credit Services, NRCS, & Washington State Department of Archeology & Historic Preservation – the Trust has renovated existing structures, started re-building soil, and developed much-needed infrastructure on the farm (fencing, hoop houses, irrigation & pump house). King Conservation District also helped build habitat for native birds & animals on the farm by planting a native border around the irrigation pond and drainage swale. Thank you KCD!
As of Spring of 2018, we’ve begun growing produce ultimately slated for the Vashon Maury Island Food Bank & Vashon Fresh. The Land Trust continues to work towards providing local produce for Island kids and seniors through organizations like the Vashon Island School District and Vashon Community Care.
FUTURE TRAIL CONNECTIONS
The property provides a crucial future link in our island-wide public trail system, and conserves important meadow and edge habitat near Island Center Forest – one of Vashon’s protected community forests. Our goal is to connect the farm to ICF via walking trail.
Stay tuned for more farm development news!
Please CLICK HERE for information about the farm and Matsuda family history.