All posts by Darcy Smith

SURREY URBAN FARMERS MARKET LOOKING FOR NEW FARMERS

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 25, 2018

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  A unique community gathering place, the Surrey Urban Farmers Market (SUFM) is a local based non-profit community market located at the North Surrey Recreation Centre beside Surrey Central Mall and the Surrey Central sky-train & bus loop. Our market benefits hundreds to thousands of residents in the Surrey Central City area as well as the small business vendors from all across Surrey, the lower mainland and BC. The market opens this year on Wednesday June 6th with the last day on Wednesday October 3rd. We are now into our 10th year and host free live music shows, kids’ activities … Continue reading SURREY URBAN FARMERS MARKET LOOKING FOR NEW FARMERS

THE FARMHOUSE BARD ON LAND AND FARM START-UP

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 30, 2018

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My name is Roger and I’m farming in Surrey, BC at The Farmhouse Bard. I’m just starting my second season of intensive vegetable production in BC. For many years, I worked as a cook, cultivating my love for the various stories, scents, and colours of heirloom vegetables. I wanted to share the histories of curious things, like crookneck watermelons, and the tale of mortgage lifter tomatoes. I also deeply believe in the power of farms to serve as hubs for communities to re-connect with their land: physically, ecologically, culturally, and spiritually. I farmed in Ontario and Vermont for four years … Continue reading THE FARMHOUSE BARD ON LAND AND FARM START-UP

LAND OPPORTUNITY: PRADHA FARM, OYAMA BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 16, 2018

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ABOUT THE LAND Located on 54 acres of ALR/A1 in Oyama, Lake Country, the property sits on a higher plateau overlooking Wood and Kalamalka Lakes. On the higher levels of the property, the Okanagan Lake can also be seen between the hills, giving this property a tri-lake view that’s quite spectacular. The property backs onto Crown land with many older trails that will be explored and developed in connecting and re-vitalizing The High Rim Trail (an older conduit linking Coldstream, Vernon area to Hwy 33 by Black Mountain behind Kelowna which follows the ridge of the mountains past Oyama, Beaver … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: PRADHA FARM, OYAMA BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Organic Market Garden, Salt Spring Island

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 16, 2018

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ABOUT THE LAND Our farm is a 70 acre farm of mixed pasture, hay, vegetables and berries. The market garden plot is .25 acres currently and can be expanded to 1 acre as needed. There is additional opportunity for more land to be used in veg and berry production as needed. We have barns, sheds etc onsite that house our equipment, sheep, and our poultry. We do not have a greenhouse currently but a hoop house or two is something we have in mind to put us as part of the future plan. There is road access to the garden, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Organic Market Garden, Salt Spring Island

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1+ ACRE AT CONSERVATION SITE, SOUTH SURREY

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 04, 2018

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ABOUT THE LAND The property consists of just over 1 acre of non-ALR land on a 5 acre property in the Hazelmere area of South Surrey. The land is currently a wildlife conservation and research centre for birds. It was used for vegetable crops from 2011-2012 but hasnt been farmed since. There are laying hens and goats on site as well as pheasants, cranes, waterfowl, etc. Goats are currently being used to keep blackberries and small shrubs under control. There is a 12 foot perimeter fence on the property. The farm has recently received Environmental Farm Plan certification. The property features … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1+ ACRE AT CONSERVATION SITE, SOUTH SURREY

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1+ ACRES IN RICHMOND, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 14, 2018

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ABOUT THE LAND The property consists of 6 acres of land in Richmond with a farmer currently running a greenhouse operation on a portion of the property. The farmer lives on site. The land has been fallow for five years, and is currently quite overgrown. At one point, it was used to cultivate Asian vegetables. There are drainage ditches on each side of the property. Neighbouring the property on one side is a greenhouse operation, and on the other a blueberry farm. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY 1 acre, potentially more, available for lease as for vegetable production. The current tenant has … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1+ ACRES IN RICHMOND, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3.5 ACRES AVAILABLE IN DELTA

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 08, 2018

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ABOUT THE LAND This acreage in Delta, located close to Westham Island, is full of potential. It was partially cultivated last season after being fallow for a number of years. In the past it was home to livestock and market garden. Neighbouring crops are potatoes, hay, blueberries, 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. The land is well suited for a market garden, with the potential for egg production, berries, and potentially fruit trees. For … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3.5 ACRES AVAILABLE IN DELTA

ALR REVITALIZATION

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 01, 2018

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Are you a farmer leasing ALR land? Have you come up against any challenges around housing regulations, taxation issues, or agricultural status? Are there ways you hope to see the ALR work better for you as a farm operator? Currently there is a review underway of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to enable B.C. farmers, farmland owners and the public to have an opportunity to have their voices heard this spring, and help revitalize the ALR. The ALR has two main mandates: protect farmland and promote farming. This review is framed by the Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, to review … Continue reading ALR REVITALIZATION

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