All posts by Darcy Smith

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1-3 Acres for Veggie Production, Surrey BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on November 10, 2017

Field of Burdock Root at Surrey Land Opportunity

About the Land The land is a total of 20 acres, with about 10 acres in wild grasses and the remainder in annual crops and orchard. The current farmer has owned the land for 20 years, prior to which it was a steer operation. The farmer specializes in Japanese fruits vegetables, including an Asian pear orchard. There is also a U-PICK strawberry patch on the land, and a weekend on-farm market. The farmer-owner resides on the land part time, and another farmer lives on the land in an RV. The soil is very fertile: peat moss, rich and black. The … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1-3 Acres for Veggie Production, Surrey BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Acreage for Lease, South Surrey BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 18, 2017

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About the Land A beautiful, private 20 acre property in South Surrey. About 8 acres are currently in hay. There is a small heritage orchard on the land that is tended by community members, as well as several bee hives. The house is currently rented. There is a large heritage barn with horse stalls and a hay loft in excellent condition. About the Opportunity The landowners would like to see the land used to produce food, and would like someone who shares their goal of improving the land. They are open to a number of possibilities on the land – come … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Acreage for Lease, South Surrey BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Land for lease on hop farm, Squamish BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 04, 2017

Hop plants growing on Squamish Valley Hop Farm

The Squamish Valley Hop Company is looking for a farmer, or farmers, to use(lease) some vacant space on the farm. About the Land It is a very private 160 acre property in the Upper Squamish Valley that grows PACS certified organic hops, raises bees, sheep, horses, and plentiful wildlife. About 15 acres of the property is cleared, the rest is large second growth cedar and fir trees, tall cottonwoods and maples, and some salmon bearing streams complete with beavers and otters and small trout. There is a slightly secluded field (the south field) that has remained fallow for many years, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Land for lease on hop farm, Squamish BC

From the Chilcotin B.C. Wildfire Front: A Rotational Grazer’s Story

Posted by Darcy Smith on September 13, 2017 1 Comment

BC Wildfire at Riparian Ranch

Farmers and ranchers are facing a summer of the fiercest B.C. wildfires on record. Many were forced to evacuate, and have lost animals, homes, and their livelihoods. Amongst the loss and devastation, we wanted to share an inspiring story from an off-the-grid rancher who managed to make it through. Thanks to Shanti Heywood for telling her story. Protecting my home was just something I had to do. People keep commenting on how brave I was – but I like to think everyone has some grit inside of them somewhere to fight when they have to. My heart goes out to … Continue reading From the Chilcotin B.C. Wildfire Front: A Rotational Grazer’s Story

WORK TRADE: EAST KOOTENAYS, BC – Clear Sky Farm

Posted by Darcy Smith on August 31, 2017

Echinacea field at Clear Sky Farm

Zen & a Food Forest: Farm & Food Forest Caretaker at Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC Do you love learning and growing? Would you like to live in a community based on the values of awakening and compassion? Would you like to connect with yourself, others and the natural world more deeply If you answered “Yes!”, and you have a particular interest in farming and food forests, we invite you to apply for our 2017 Food Forest Caretaker karma yoga position. Farm and Food Forest Karma Yoga Position If you have a particular interest in farming and food forests, then … Continue reading WORK TRADE: EAST KOOTENAYS, BC – Clear Sky Farm

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Ceres Circle Farm, Kelowna BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on July 25, 2017 13 Comments

Ceres Circle Farm

About Ceres Circle Farm Ceres Circle Farm is a 36.8 acre sheep farm in Kelowna, British Columbia. It is a very beautiful farm that has been meticulously maintained. There are gentle rolling hills that are fenced into paddocks on both sides, as well as a natural uncultivated area full of edible and medicinal plants. About The Opportunity A sheep farming operation would be the ideal “flagship” enterprise as the property can accommodate maximum 35-45 sheep (or 100 animals including lambs) in rotation. There is infrastructure to service the animals from birth to slaughter, including a provincially licensed abattoir with walk-in cooler … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Ceres Circle Farm, Kelowna BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Paradise Within Farm, Salt Spring Island

Posted by Darcy Smith on July 21, 2017 2 Comments

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ABOUT PARADISE WITHIN Paradise Within is an “incubator farm” on Salt Spring Island that is in need of a fresh new farmer or two wanting to learn from a seasoned organic market garden farmer. The farm is roughly 18 acres of mixed permaculture and conventional organic farming. It is endowed with amazing soil, lots of  great water, and an incredible amount of sunlight. We grow a multitude of seasonal vegetables in and out of the greenhouse. The developing Edible Permaculture Display Garden is home to fruit trees; apple primarily, plums, pears, cherry, kiwi and figs. We also grow hazelnuts, sweet … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Paradise Within Farm, Salt Spring Island

SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES: Natural Building with Dreamweavers Collective

Posted by Darcy Smith on June 16, 2017

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COB OVEN WORKSHOP JUNE 24th – 25th 2017 SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC 200$/person Spend two days getting your hands dirty while learning the basics of cob, natural building, and how to build a traditional, earthen, wood fired oven! Covering both technique and theory, you will walk away with the confidence and inspiration to take on your own natural building project. We will also go over various principles of heat and fire, including rocket stoves, and simple earthen stoves you can make while camping. The workshop will be taking place at a beautiful farm near Ganges. A great opportunity to spend a weekend … Continue reading SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES: Natural Building with Dreamweavers Collective

July 22: Agassiz, BC – Farms Cycle Tour

Posted by Darcy Smith on June 01, 2017

Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour

Come join us for a day in the country on bike, July 22, 2017! The leisurely self-guided Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour provides an educational and culinary experience exploring many farms; some that are open to the public for this day only! The tour gives a rare chance to meet the farmers and learn about agriculture, pick up fresh produce in the spectacular Fraser Valley.  The cycle tour is approximately 25 km along flat public roadways.  Start and finish your slow cycle any time between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. To register or for more information visit www.fraservalleycycletours.com.  

FARM JOB: Nelson, BC – Hill House Farm

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 30, 2017

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Hill House Farm is looking for a qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable gardener to oversee small-scale production of food and flowers and do yard maintenance, starting June 5th. This seasonal position generally begins in March with seed starting and continues through harvest, with hours increasing to 20-30 hours per week as the growing season gets into full gear. The Garden Manager will work closely with the property owner to set goals, plan, assign tasks, and prioritize. In addition to at least 2 years of paid garden work, the applicant must have excellent verbal communication and organizing skills, familiarity with permaculture principles, and … Continue reading FARM JOB: Nelson, BC – Hill House Farm