Blog Category: Land

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

APRIL 5: BRANTFORD, ON – Tools for Protecting Farmland Forum

Posted by Moss Dance on March 16, 2017

Tools for Protecting Farmland

Attention new farmers, retiring farmers, and organizations that support the protection of farmland and access to land for new farmers: Join us to learn about Tools for Protecting Farmland, a speakers panel followed by working round table discussion about innovative and effective ways to fund and protect farmland in Ontario. This forum will be hosted by Sustainable Brant, rare Charitable Research Reserve, and Langford Conservancy Speakers to include: Wally Seccombe, formerly of Everdale Farm; Dan Naccarato, New and Young Farmers; Scott Hughes, Capacity Build; Tom Woodcock, rare Charitable Research Reserve; Kathryn Enders, Ontario Farmland Trust; and Erin Shapiro, Ontario Greenbelt Alliance. Topics to be covered: … Continue reading APRIL 5: BRANTFORD, ON – Tools for Protecting Farmland Forum

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 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: Central Alberta – Purebred Cow/Calf Farm

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 03, 2017

Farmer Wanted We have a small, but well established purebred cow/calf operation and are almost ready t retire. Therefore, we are looking for a young person(s) to work with us, with the goal of taking over the farm. We are looking for someone with a great interest in cattle. The applicant must be of good character, physically capable and, hopefully, have some experience with livestock. The right person should also have a great respect for the environment. Any experience with equipment would be a desirable asset. We are willing to help as long as needed to get the right person(s) … Continue reading Land: Central Alberta – Purebred Cow/Calf Farm

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

Looking for Land: Meet Teamster Christine

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 16, 2017

Cadence Lane Farm Draft Team Pulls Logs w/ teamster, Christine

CHRISTINE BEATTIE: HORSE TRAINER, TEAMSTER & FARMER IS SEARCHING FOR A HOMESTEAD IN THE COWICHAN VALLEY Hello! My name is Christine; I am a passionate horse trainer, teamster, and farmer, as well as the human power behind Cadence Lane Farm in the Cowichan Valley.  After close to four years on the same farm, I have outgrown the space I am on and am seeking a new homestead to lease and call home. My way of life and ambitions in farming with horses are inspired by a purpose, a principle, and a possibility.  The purpose is to work in harmony with Mother Nature, to … Continue reading Looking for Land: Meet Teamster Christine

Kinsol Farm Accommodation Exchange, Duncan, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 13, 2017

Kinsol Farm accommodation available in exchange for part time farm labour

Accommodation in Exchange for P/T Farm Labour in the beautiful Cowichan Valley WHERE: KINSOL FARM, 4041 Mountain Road, Duncan, BC WHAT: Henk (carpenter) and Robin (herbalist) are seeking a couple to exchange 20 hours per week in farm labour for accommodation at their 12 acre farm 20 minutes south of Duncan. The farm is a hobby farm with the potential to grow and generate more revenue from produce/herbs/chickens etc. with the right help. ABOUT THE FARM: At present, the farm consists of a veggie garden, small greenhouse, orchard, herb gardens, pastureland (4 sheep), woodlot, bees, and 70 laying hens. The farm is … Continue reading Kinsol Farm Accommodation Exchange, Duncan, BC

LAND: Prospective Farmers, looking for land and mentorship to start a farm business in Richmond, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on January 14, 2017

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The Richmond Farm School of Kwantlen Polytechnic University have been partnering with the City of Richmond for many years on the incubator plots. The incubator plots are ½ acre pieces of fertile land allocated to prospective farmers, at a low cost, who have completed some form of agriculture production training. It is meant for people who are dedicated to starting a small-scale farm business without having to invest in too much. It is not meant for people with the intention of starting a homestead production. Despite the Richmond Farm School not running this year, the incubator plots are open to … Continue reading LAND: Prospective Farmers, looking for land and mentorship to start a farm business in Richmond, BC