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
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
Bar U.J. Ranch & Farm Ltd. has 250 cows for sale and land for rent. The purchase of these cows includes and opportunity to use our ranch land at a very reasonable price. This package together with our mentorship would be an excellent way to optimize the benefits of a cow herd that works and is well adapted to some of the unique challenges and opportunities that exist on our ranch. Living quarters are available on the ranch. Call Jim & Bonnie Brown 780-755-2550 Bar U.J. Ranch & Farm Ltd. Edgerton, AB
Southern BC: It’s a question that stumps many of us, from farmers to food policy makers to farmers’ market fans: how do we get more farmers on farmland when land prices are so high? Farmland access and land management are hot topics in British Columbia. A fresh-off-the-press report by FarmFolk CityFolk, CRFAIR, Young Agrarians and Deer Crossing the Art Farm profiles four on-the-ground projects as inspiration for land access solutions. The report’s authors affirm that they are “jointly committed to ensuring that the next generation of farmers in BC have access to land to develop viable farm operations, and that elder generations of farmers are … Continue reading Four Innovative Ways to Access B.C. Land – B.C. Farmland Access Report is Out!
Check out the full report here! The Comox Valley is a well-kept agricultural secret on Vancouver Island. Luckily, the right people are starting to notice the sweet soils and fabulous coastal climate here. Young farmer transplants have been arriving steadily and starting thriving farm operations. Noticing the need for even more young farmers, the Comox Valley Food Round Table created a report in April 2014, outlining the needs of young farmers and landowners who are interested in leasing their land. This report is a valuable snapshot of a small Vancouver Island community that is like many others. The Comox Valley is … Continue reading Comox Valley Land Access Report
“If there is a fight of our times it is a struggle over land.” – Anuradha Mittal This quote comes from the opening talk by Anuradha Mittal at OUR LAND: A Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century. I had the opportunity to attend this two day symposium which brought scholars and community organizers together to create dialogue and advance solutions for addressing farmland access. The symposium was hosted by the Agrarian Trust, an organization initiated in 2013 in response to the growing land access challenges faced by beginning farmers across the United States. The mission of the Agrarian … Continue reading Notes from OUR LAND: A symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century – Part I
This guide is for beginning farmers wanting to pursue farming and find land. The guide shares the stories of a handful of young and new BC farmers and how they have accessed land. It has a checklist for assessing land for agricultural suitability, a breakdown of different types of land access arrangements, and a list of questions for when negotiating an arrangement with a land owner. Click here to download the Young Agrarians BC Land Access Guide: Linking Land and Farmers and Young Agrarians adapted lease and licence templates from FarmFolk CityFolk Society and The Land Conservancy of British Columbia … Continue reading Young Agrarians BC Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates