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Port Tenant Viva Farms Wins a Green Washington Award

Seattle -- Seattle Business Magazine has named Viva Farms as the winner of the 2011 Green Washington Award in the Natural Resources/Agriculture category. The award honors top companies and non-profits that are advancing sustainability and environmental leadership in business.

Viva Farms is a non-profit organization that has partnered with the Washington State University to help launch a new generation of farmers. The organization operates a 33-acre farm on Port of Skagit-owned property at the Bayview Business Park where new farmers can access the land, equipment and support they need to get started. The education programs are taught in English and Spanish to help many Latino farm workers transition to farm owners.

Founder and Director, Sarita Schaffer, has implemented an innovative self-sustaining revenue model that she studied while working as a Fulbright in Paraguay. The non-profit operates several businesses that provide both sales to the farmers and operating funds to the organization. These include a produce market on Highway 20, sales to restaurants like Agua Verde in Seattle and a CSA program in which customers can subscribe to weekly deliveries of farm fresh produce.

Viva Farms is currently seeking new CSA customers, restaurant accounts and new farmers who would like to join the program. Contact:

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Linda Tyler, Community Outreach Administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email