Special Bottling Nets $20,000 for Farmland Trust

    Powers Winery released a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon blend last year to benefit the PCC Farmland Trust.

     And in the past year, the Kennewick, Wash., winery — which makes its wines out of organic grapes grown in its Badger Mountain Vineyard — has created three more wines for the trust.

     Now, Bill Powers has presented the trust with a $20,000 check — $2 for each bottle of wine sold.

     The PCC Farmland Trust is a nonprofit created by PCC Natural Markets to preserve Washington farmlands threatened by development, and move them into sustainable and organic agricultural production.

     Since its formation in 1999, the trust has obtained conservation easements for four farms in Washington, including the 174-acre Bennington Place Farm in Walla Walla, where Thundering Hooves — a pasture-finished livestock operation — is run.

     The trust saves the farmland through outright purchases, donated easements and bequests, and is solely funded through donations.

     Mickey Dunne, Powers’ sales manager, said the trust fits in with Bill Powers’ beliefs and support of sustainable and organic agriculture.

     In 1990, Powers’ Badger Mountain Vineyard became the first vineyard in the state of Washington to be certified organic.

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