The goal was to preserve this landmark as a living-history farm, scenic recreation site, and cultural community center. The national non-profit Trust for Public Land negotiated with Chateau Ste. Michelle to sell all 522 acres of the Greenbank Farm to Island County, the Port of Coupeville and The Nature Conservancy for $2.8 million. On September 15, 1997, the community turned out to celebrate.
The Greenbank Farm Management Group formed as a nonprofit Board of Directors comprised of Whidbey Island residents who meet regularly to ensure that the farm serves its owners - the residents of Island County. Today, the farm operates a Wine Shop specializing in local and regional foods and wines, featuring the Whidbey Island Greenbank Farm private label Loganberry Wine and specialty products. In addition, the farm hosts community events, receptions, meetings, classes, workshops, the annual Loganberry Festival in July and the year round markets featuring local produce, crafts, art, plants and food. Organic farming methods are bringing the fields back to production and the outlook is favorable for this island treasure.
In 2008, the Greenbank Farm Training Center was established to train new farmers in sustainable agricluture. Paricipants in the eight-month program study organic crop production, business planning, and sustainable land stewardship as well as grow vegetables for sale through a local CSA program which offers community members a weekly share of fresh organic produce.
The mission of the Greenbank Farm Management Group is to preserve and enhance the aesthetic character, economic value, and community use of the Greenbank Farm.
Stewardship is caring for the 522-acre Greenbank Farm, its rural character, natural habitat, and historical roots.
Opportunity is creating a diverse business environment for entrepreneurial activity, and establishing the Greenbank Farm as a unique destination place.
Community involvement is developing the Greenbank Farm as a place for community activity, and fostering a sense of community ownership and commitment.
Ability to balance preservation and economic development
Build a healthy, non-profit, community-based organization.
Provide facilities and an infrastructure to:
Support the use of the land for organic, agricultural purposes.
Create opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
Provide a venue for producing and marketing regional products and services.
Encourage community use.
Cultivate relationships to create a strong public/private model of support for the Greenbank Farm to ensure its open space, its rural character and the community's involvement.