Tag Archives: Farmland

What’s New with Bill 52: Changes to the ALR

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 11, 2019

ALR Review Squash starts Photo credit Sara Dent

The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was established in 1973 to protect 4.7 million hectares of land in BC for agriculture – less than 5% of the province’s total land base. The ALR is managed by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). In 2018, there was a comprehensive review of the ALR, which led to recommendations to update the regulations on how farmland is managed in BC. We’ve pulled together the updates – check it out below! On February 22, 2019, the Agricultural Land Reserve General Regulation and Agricultural Land Reserve Use Regulation were approved by B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor in Council, bringing … Continue reading What’s New with Bill 52: Changes to the ALR

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 8.5 ACRE FIELD WITH LIVE-IN BARN, PENDER ISLAND, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on February 06, 2019 6 Comments

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ABOUT THE LAND This opportunity is an 8.5 acre hay field, cleared and ready for food production, with a barn for storage and living on Pender Island!  Pender Island is a 40 minute ride on BC ferries from Swartz Bay on the Saanich Peninsula. The farm is 10 minutes from the ferry terminal. A recently completed two-story barn has the capacity to store farm equipment on the lower floor and provide accommodation of the upper floor, complete with a kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Each floor is about 1,200 sqft. There is a large irrigation pond at one end of the field, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 8.5 ACRE FIELD WITH LIVE-IN BARN, PENDER ISLAND, BC

FARM JOB: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Lead Farmer, Field House Farms – POSITION FILLED

Posted by Moss Dance on October 17, 2018

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— THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED — Field House Farms is a multi-faceted farming project in Abbotsford, BC. They are looking for a Lead Farmer to manage their farm! ABOUT FIELD HOUSE FARMS Field House Brewing is an award winning craft brewery in Abbotsford. We have started a farm with the goal of growing produce to input into our beer and food program. For the 2018 season, We partnered with 3 different farm partners to lease local ALR land. JJ Mills was our boutique herb, hops, and berry farm on 0.25 acres in East Chilliwack. Maple Lanes was our 0.5 … Continue reading FARM JOB: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Lead Farmer, Field House Farms – POSITION FILLED

NFU-O Land Access Guide for Young Farmers in Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on August 02, 2018

NFU-O Land Access Guide

The NFU-O (National Farmers Union of Ontario) has published the Young Agrarians Ontario Land Access Guide, thanks to funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The guide is an adaptation of the immensely popular Young Agrarians BC Land Access Guide. “Farmland in Ontario is amongst the most expensive in Canada with a provincial average of over $10,000 per acre. In Southwestern Ontario, farmland values are now averaging over $16,000 per acre,” noted Ayla Fenton, NFU-O Board member. “New farmers have to be more creative in finding land to grow their business. This guide highlights creative options for new farmers regarding … Continue reading NFU-O Land Access Guide for Young Farmers in Ontario

South Okanagan Farm Tours, Summer 2018

Posted by Moss Dance on May 10, 2018

South Okanagan Farm Tours

Hay South Okanagan farmers, foodies, and farm-curious folk: we have an awesome line up of South Okanagan farm tours and potlucks coming your way this summer! WHY ATTEND SOUTH OKANAGAN FARM TOURS? Joining in regional farm tours is a great way to meet other farmers and build community — so join us for one (or all!) of our upcoming farm tours! YA farm events are a great way to get connected! Are you looking for land to farm? A community to grow into? Thinking of moving to the South Okanagan? This is a great way to meet other farmers, nerd out about farming, and learn about the unique … Continue reading South Okanagan Farm Tours, Summer 2018

FEB 10: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island Land Linking

Posted by Moss Dance on February 01, 2018

Vancouver Island Land Linking #VIMixer2018

WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Join us for a Vancouver Island Land Linking Session at the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer!  Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! Join us to network, learn about leases, and more! Topics you want to learn? Email land@youngagrarians.org. WARNING: You may find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or keep your productive farm in production! Land seekers, you may find a landowner with the land opportunity you’ve been seeking! Come with an idea of what you are looking for, and a … Continue reading FEB 10: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island Land Linking

LAND: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Singing Bird Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on January 10, 2018

Singing Bird Farm

Singing Bird Farm on Salt Spring Island is available for lease for 2018! The lease includes access to markets, CSA, & on-site housing at additional cost. ABOUT SINGING BIRD FARM We are a small and diverse organic farm on Salt Spring Island, BC. We began developing Singing Bird Farm in the fall of 2012 and, since then, we have established a flourishing and profitable farm that provides food for about 35 CSA families, a well-established Tuesday Farmer’s Market booth with many loyal customers, contracts to provide certified organic produce to the local restaurant, grocery store, health food store, and several … Continue reading LAND: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Singing Bird Farm

FARMSHARE: SAANICH, BC – Little Mountain Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on November 02, 2017

Little Mountain Farm

Hello! I run Little Mountain Farm http://www.littlemountainveggies.ca/, a 1-acre non-certified organic mixed vegetable farm and I am looking for a fellow farmer to share the land with for the 2018 season. Sales are primarily through a CSA (I currently harvest 50 shares/week, though this would likely be expanded with the addition of another vegetable farmer!), as well as one farmers market. About Little Mountain Farm Little Mountain Farm has 1 acre currently cultivated and has been farmed for the past 4 seasons, with all infrastructure in place (irrigation, fencing etc) and pretty lovely soil! I am looking to make about 1/2 of it … Continue reading FARMSHARE: SAANICH, BC – Little Mountain Farm

SEPT 17: VICTORIA, BC – Lohbrunner Farm Tour and Land Stewardship Models for the Future

Posted by Moss Dance on September 12, 2017

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Join us at Lohbrunner Community Farm for a farm tour, discussion on cooperatively managing farmland, potluck, and a work party! Learn more about our unique model for stewarding land, and for farmers to gain access to farm land. During the farm tour, we will talk about this model—the land is held in trust by Farm Folk City Folk, managed by the Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-op (LCFC). Farmland parcels are leased by individual farmers. After this tour and discussion we will share a potluck meal, and then get our hands dirty for an hour or two! Details of the work party TBA. WHEN: Sunday, September 17, … Continue reading SEPT 17: VICTORIA, BC – Lohbrunner Farm Tour and Land Stewardship Models for the Future