Dec. 23, 2015
The galleries, shops and café at Greenbank Farm are going into the new year with new leases and new management ideas from the Port of Coupeville.
The Port has owned the farm since 1997 and will assume full management responsibilities beginning Jan. 1. The management transition from the Greenbank Farm Management Group to the Port is going smoothly according to the Port’s new Executive Director, Forrest Rambo.
“For the past several months, the Port has been working closely with the management group and the tenant businesses to make sure we get off to a successful start in January,” Rambo said. He added that previous and recently elected Port Commissioners have been committed to helping those businesses succeed well into the future.
“Contrary to what some people may have heard through the ‘loganberry vine,’ the Port has no plans to sell the farm,” Rambo quipped and noted that maintaining the farm’s organic certification is a high priority.
Other ideas being floated include revising the farm’s marketing activities, increasing special events, adding new agricultural opportunities, refreshing highway signage and adding staff as opportunities arise.
Rambo added, “The bottom line is that the Port is putting time, thought and energy into the farm so that it continues to be a highly valued community icon.”