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FARM JOB: Blueberry Packing Line, Ruby Red Farms, North Saanich BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 25, 2017

Ruby Red Certified Organic Blueberry Farm

Packing Line Staff – Organic Blueberry Farm Ruby Red Farms is hiring staff for its blueberry packing line. Work includes inspection of berries, packing of pint blueberries and packing of bulk berries in 5 and 10 pound boxes. This job requires a sustained effort of repetitive tasks. The environment is friendly and sociable. The packing house will run 3 to 4 shifts per week. Additional shifts might be required during peak times. Both full and part time positions are available. Preference is given to candidates looking for full time work for 3 or 4 days per week. In the early … Continue reading FARM JOB: Blueberry Packing Line, Ruby Red Farms, North Saanich BC

2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 10, 2017

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Farm data nerds, the day is finally here! Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture results have arrived—along with some interesting shifts in the sector. Here are some highlights of the good, the bad, and the promising: Farmers are getting older—and younger Farmers 55+ is the fastest growing age group, with the average national age of operators edging up from 54 in 2011 to 55. This trend parallels the general population. On the other hand, this year we saw an increase in the number of farm operators under 35. This is the first time there has been an increase in farmers under 35 since … Continue reading 2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!

Soil Testing for New Farmers: a Step by Step Guide

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 22, 2017

Soil and seedlings

‘Feed the soil, not the plants’ is a great way of looking at the importance of managing soils for food production. Soils vary in diversity from one location to another, and require comprehensive management strategies for on-site nutrient recycling and long-term land stewardship. Healthy soils will grow healthy crops, and knowing what types of soils you are working with will help you figure out what will grow best on your land. For a farmer on a new piece of land, there are a few methods that will reveal what type of soil and nutrient content you are working with. Soil testing, on … Continue reading Soil Testing for New Farmers: a Step by Step Guide

[LEASED] LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3.5 Acres in Delta

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 07, 2017

3.5 acres in delta

About the Land This acreage in Delta is full of potential. At one time it was cultivated with a garden and livestock, but has been fallow for a number of years. Neighbouring crops are blueberries, potatoes, hay, and more. The property is flat, with good drainage and great sun exposure. About the Opportunity This land opportunity offers 3.5 acres in the ALR available for cultivation as a market garden, as well as a 2,000 square foot barn and a lean-to. The land is well suited for a market garden, with the potential for egg production, berries, and potentially fruit trees. … Continue reading [LEASED] LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3.5 Acres in Delta

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Active Pastures Farm, Mayne Island

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 07, 2017

Active Pastures greenhouse

About Active Pastures Farm Active Pastures is a six acre farm on beautiful Mayne Island (located between Vancouver on the mainland and Victoria on Vancouver Island). The farm was established over 100 years ago and has been part of the Mayne Island agriculture story ever since. Originally started by the early explorers heading for the gold fields in the interior, it has seen the glory days of the Japanese Tomato Farms and numerous farming operations since. The fields have been fallow producing hay for the past decade before being actively farmed this past year producing an abundant Market Garden for … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Active Pastures Farm, Mayne Island

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 320 Certified Organic Acres near Bridesville BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 03, 2017

Certified Organic Land for Lease near Bridesville

About the Land This picturesque 320 acres of certified organic land is situated near Bridesville, BC east of Osoyoos – right across from Anarchy Summit. For the last 10 years it has been used for cattle, hay, and forage, with 100-200 head grazing on Canada Bluegrass Flattened Meadow. Prior to that the land was used for cereal crops. Water comes from a small lake on the land, and there are 6-8 inches of thick topsoil, with good drainage and soil fertility (soil test results available). About the Opportunity This land is available for an enterprising farmer to lease. It would … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 320 Certified Organic Acres near Bridesville BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Snowy Mountain Organic Farm, Cawston, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 03, 2017

Rainbow at Snowy Mountain Farm

About Snowy Mountain Organic Farm  Snowy Mountain Organic Farm is a diverse 25 acre organic farm in the lovely Similkameen, Cawston B.C. (located between Keremeos and Osoyoos). The farm has a unique orchard, large vegetable & herb garden and greenhouse, horses, dogs, and chickens. We are approaching 32 years of organic growing here embracing biodynamics, permaculture, and many unique approaches to farming. There are still so many interesting experiments to try. Charcoal EMO’s and worms just to name a few. About the Opportunity We seek a diverse group of people from beginners, volunteers, to apprentices &/or experienced farmers with the skills and ability … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Snowy Mountain Organic Farm, Cawston, BC

FEB 19: LAND LINKING WORKSHOP – SURREY, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on December 22, 2016 3 Comments

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Land Linking workshop hosted by Young Agrarians in partnership with the City of Surrey. Want Land? Got Land? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! 2-6 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, UMAP Demo, 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 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 … Continue reading FEB 19: LAND LINKING WORKSHOP – SURREY, BC

GIVE GREEN: New Chapter in the Green Legacies Guide Explores Food and Farmland

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 19, 2016

Give Green: Colourful bunches of carrots

By Natasha van Bentum, Director, Give Green Canada (G2) Originally published on the Tides Canada blog on August 3, 2016. Last autumn, Give Green Canada (G2) began research for a new chapter around foodland and farmland to add to the Green Legacies Guide. The Guide, a collaboration with the Land Trust Alliance of BC, is a robust resource for professional advisors and for individuals who are contemplating making a gift to benefit the environment. It includes information on annual gifts, bequests, gifts of life insurance and real estate, endowments, Ecological Gifts, and more. “This new chapter of the Green Legacies Guide provides key context … Continue reading GIVE GREEN: New Chapter in the Green Legacies Guide Explores Food and Farmland

LAND: the New Young Agrarians Land Matching Program!

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 06, 2016

Farmer leasing land through Land Matching Program

The Young Agrarians Land Matching Program was featured in the BC Organic Grower! We’re excited to share the article with you here, and we hope you’ll head over to the BCOG to see the original article and more great content. The Shifting Paradigm of Land Access in Southern BC At Blue Heron Organic Farm on Vancouver Island, Kris Chand and his wife Maria had been farming organically for several decades. The couple was starting to think about retiring; at the same time, they saw a rising demand for organic food. Happy with the size of their own farm business but wanting to … Continue reading LAND: the New Young Agrarians Land Matching Program!