All posts by Darcy Smith

JOB: VERNON, BC – COABC Accreditation Board Director

Posted by Darcy Smith on February 06, 2018

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ABOUT COABC The COABC (Certified Organic Associations of BC) is a non-profit organization that Administers the Organic Agricultural Products Certification Regulation under the Agri-Food Choice and Quality Act of British Columbia. The COABC performs the government-mandated task of accreditation to the organic regulations and is the voice of the organic movement in the province. The COABC is now seeking an Accreditation Board Director. The contract is home- based however proximity to the COABC office in BC is preferred. JOB SUMMARY The Director of the COABC Accreditation Board will: Be responsible for the overall management of the Accreditation Board Supervise the … Continue reading JOB: VERNON, BC – COABC Accreditation Board Director

LAND OPPORTUNITY: BELLA VISTA RANCH Lease Farming Opportunity, BELLA COOLA BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on January 30, 2018

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Bella Vista Ranch Lease Farming Opportunity   ABOUT THE LAND Bella Vista Ranch is 44 acres of historical farmland centrally located along Highway 20 between the communities of Bella Coola and Hagensborg on the Central Coast. Bella Coola is located 500 kilometres from Williams Lake and has all the amenities (schools, hospital, etc.) It is an isolated community of about 1800 people and the traditional territory of the Nuxalk Nation. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY We are looking for experienced farmers who would like to lease a section of the property to cultivate a suitable crop(s) that could be sold locally or … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: BELLA VISTA RANCH Lease Farming Opportunity, BELLA COOLA BC

March 11: Land Link – Richmond, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on January 22, 2018

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WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We want you! 11 am – 4 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, Young Agrarians Land Matching Program, Expert Panel, & more! Join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of land linking. We’ll network, learn about land access, leases and licenses, and the Young Agrarians Land Matching Program, and hear from our expert panel on topics such as housing, finances, and more! You just might find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or … Continue reading March 11: Land Link – Richmond, BC

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

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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

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