ABOUT THE LAND 14 acres of farmable land in the prime farming region of Glenmore, Kelowna. 12.8 acres of irrigation rights available for use. The land currently sits fallow, however it was previously a pear orchard. Southern exposure and fertile soils makes this property desirable growing land for a vineyard or other orchard type crop requiring lots of sunshine and good drainage. Consider this opportunity a blank canvas for your farming enterprise, minutes from Kelowna’s downtown metropolis. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The owners, a young couple, will be living on the property and are looking for a farmer would like to … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Land for Vineyard, Kelowna B.C.
ABOUT THE LAND: These 25 acres in Westbridge are located on the West Kettle River with 10 acres of river bottom hay field/pasture. The pasture is located on a flood plain and cultivation poses a serious risk of erosion. Therefore, the land is best suited for permanent sod culture such as pasture or hay production. The soil is gravelly in spots and the rest is beautiful, deep, sandy loam. There is some livestock fencing in place which would have to be added to keep stock out of the river. Pasture would be suitable for hay farming or livestock. There are a lot of mature … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 Acres Prime Pasture, Westbridge BC
Well, the numbers are in – and farmland gets more expensive every year! Farm Credit Canada (FCC) just released the 2018 Farmland Values Report, highlighting the high cost of land in B.C. The average value of Canadian farmland increased 6.6% in 2018, and our fair province is just above the national average at 6.7% – compare that to a 2.7% increase in B.C. in 2017. For new farmers trying to break into the sector, steep land prices effectively shut them out of the farmland real estate market. This means that alternative land access models such as leasing are more important than ever in helping … Continue reading Cost of Land Just Keeps Going Up: FCC Farmland Values Report
ABOUT THE LAND This beautiful 25 acres is nestled in the heart of Cobble Hill, with about 12 acres in pasture. There are 5 fields that could be rotated through, though they are not separately fenced at this point. There is livestock fencing in place around the perimeter of the fields which needs to be upgraded in some areas. Water is available from the creek that runs along the property. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The owner is looking for someone who would like to use the land for grazing for sheep or cows. You could either keep your animals there just for the … Continue reading FILLED – LAND OPPORTUNITY: 12 ACRES OF PASTURE FOR GRAZING – COBBLE HILL, BC
ABOUT THE LAND: Lone Pine Farm is 34 acres located on Westsyde Rd in Kamloops, adjacent to the Dunes Golf Course. The 20 acres on the west side of the road are beautiful, rolling hills, a grassland/sage ecosystem (currently in the process of being donated to BC Parks) and the 14 acres on the other side of the road, next to the North Thompson river, are arable, fertile, flat fields. This property has been in the family since the 1920’s and used for a variety of agricultural purposes including cattle, mixed orchard and extensive vegetable garden. The riverbank area is a corridor for wildlife. *Side note from Land Matcher, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 14 acres in Kamloops, B.C.
Our Okanagan Land Matcher Tessa had an exciting day as Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham visited Alpine Roots Farm, matched to a property in Kelowna through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Minister Popham was there to celebrate what we’ve been up to over the past year, and to announce another year of funding for the program! A huge thank you to the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture for helping us support new entrants and farmland owners across B.C., as well as to our other amazing funders, Columbia Basin Trust, Cowichan Valley Regional District, Metro Vancouver, Vancity, and Regional District of North Okanagan. Castanet came out with a … Continue reading B.C. Land Matching Program Brings Opportunities for New Farmers
By Tessa Wetherill, Okanagan Land Matcher in our B.C. Land Matching Program Listening to people is just as fascinating as listening to plants. For the first growing season in 12 years, I won’t be farming as my primary occupation, instead I’m joyfully continuing on in the role of the Okanagan Land Matcher with the B.C. Land Matching Program delivered by Young Agrarians. Watching and nurturing these new collaborations between new farmers without land and property owners wanting to see their land farmed is both enlivening and encouraging. Not much different than my other much loved spring activity, caring for seedlings. After kicking off … Continue reading Land Matching for the Next Generation of Farmers: Okanagan Update, April 2019
ABOUT THE LAND The land includes up to 3 acres of slopped land in the heart of Glenmore, Kelowna. The location is ideal: down a short, private road but only 10 minutes walking to local grocery stores, restaurants and other amenities. 15 minutes by bike to downtown or to the farmer’s market. The land is North facing sloped and irrigated with sectioned, automatic timer irrigation. It will require some amendments and work initially but is surrounded by many orchards and is very workable and usable. The land was previously a cedar tree farm but is now mostly cleared. There is … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3 ACRES AVAILABLE FOR LEASE – KELOWNA, B.C
Robin Mercy is the owner of Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms. He lives and farms in Kaslo, BC with his partner Tamara and son Kirin. They produce strains appropriate for the local climate, from blue oysters and enoki in the shoulder seasons to white elms, lion’s mane, and reishi in the hotter months. Considering there is an estimated five million types of fungi, they hope to “stimulate curiosity and appetite in their clientele with an assortment of beautiful and unique gourmet varieties,” going beyond the white button mushroom. They also produce nourishing fungal tinctures with the help of local herbalists. Robin and … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: Beyond the Button with Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms
ABOUT THE PROPERTY: The Curlew Orchard land is 20 acres with a 6 acre high density apple orchard and newly fenced 1 acre permaculture mixed fruit orchard with companion plantings. Sean and Patrick are entering their third year of transitioning the orchard to organic status. Curlew Orchard is a community supported agriculture (CSA) based farm and also sell at the local Farmer’s Market. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY: The land share available for market garden is 1.75 acres. The lovely flat field that is available was formerly an orchard and in recent past used for hay crops. It has been composted with chicken manure and green … Continue reading Land Opportunity: 1.75 acres Available for Market Gardening – Vernon, B.C