“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.”
Lopez Community Land Trust has been blossoming since 1989 and a bee did come! This small but very effective organization was given an opportunity to purchase a beautiful 48 acre farm on Lopez Island. This opportunity would create a life estate for the current owners, Bob and Cathy Clemens, who are currently in their 80s while further strengthening the local food supply and all aspects of a thriving community.
“The owners stated that they worked so hard, always one more project on the farm that they did not have time to get involved with a lot of community projects. Now they feel the community will benefit from their decades of focused work.” says Rhea Miller of the Lopez Community Land Trust. They are ready to retire on their farm they love and have cared for since 1989.
LCLT has a challenging goal to raise 1 million dollars by the end of 2019. They have $175,000 left to raise in 2016 to meet their goal of $340,000 by the end of the year.
The farm has an orchard, a commercial kitchen, a bunkhouse for interns, 44 acres of tillable fields, a well cared for 1902 barn, a hay shed, a house for a farmer, fully equipped shop, a smoke house and so much more.
What can happen is still in the dreaming / planning stage… affordable housing opportunities, culinary training, farm interns, farm worker opportunities. Sandy Bishop and Rhea Miller and their smart board and community members are thinking about the beauty of the arrival of the bee!
Thanks to Jessica Roundy and Jerry Millhon for letting us use your photos.
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