About the Land The land is a total of 20 acres, with about 10 acres in wild grasses and the remainder in annual crops and orchard. The current farmer has owned the land for 20 years, prior to which it was a steer operation. The farmer specializes in Japanese fruits vegetables, including an Asian pear orchard. There is also a U-PICK strawberry patch on the land, and a weekend on-farm market. The farmer-owner resides on the land part time, and another farmer lives on the land in an RV. The soil is very fertile: peat moss, rich and black. The … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1-3 Acres for Veggie Production, Surrey BC
About the Land A beautiful, private 20 acre property in South Surrey. About 8 acres are currently in hay. There is a small heritage orchard on the land that is tended by community members, as well as several bee hives. The house is currently rented. There is a large heritage barn with horse stalls and a hay loft in excellent condition. About the Opportunity The landowners would like to see the land used to produce food, and would like someone who shares their goal of improving the land. They are open to a number of possibilities on the land – come … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Acreage for Lease, South Surrey BC
The Young Agrarians Land Matching Program was featured in the BC Organic Grower! We’re excited to share the article with you here, and we hope you’ll head over to the BCOG to see the original article and more great content. The Shifting Paradigm of Land Access in Southern BC At Blue Heron Organic Farm on Vancouver Island, Kris Chand and his wife Maria had been farming organically for several decades. The couple was starting to think about retiring; at the same time, they saw a rising demand for organic food. Happy with the size of their own farm business but wanting to … Continue reading LAND: the New Young Agrarians Land Matching Program!
Shalefield Organic Gardens, a certified organic biodynamic market vegetable farm, is seeking immediately an energetic person to fill a farm hand position. Experience is not required. We provide the opportunity to actively experience, ask many questions and above all learn about successful small farming. Work will include: bed preparation, weeding by hand or hand tool, transplanting, harvesting, cleaning and sorting vegetables for market and CSA boxes. A typical weekly schedule follows: Monday field work including weeding and transplanting, field prep, setting up irrigation. Tuesday harvest for CSA and farmers market Wednesday finish harvesting for CSA and farmers market, pack CSA … Continue reading JOB: Field Hand, Shalefield Organic Gardens, Lindell Beach, BC
Dear Farmers + Friends, Young Agrarians is piloting a farmland matchmaker service based on Quebec’s Agricultural Land Bank model (Banques de Terres) in the Lower Mainland this year. We have a two-day organizational training coming up to learn the ropes of matchmaking. On February 3rd, we would like to work with one land owner, and one land seeker for 1-2 hours of your time. We will practice assessing the land for its agricultural suitability which will help us train our matchmakers in the field. Are you a land owner looking to have your land farmed, or potentially a farmer looking to … Continue reading Looking for a Lower Mainland Land Owner & Land Seeker!
Shirlene Cote farms Earth Apple Farm, formerly in Burnaby and now in Abbotsford, BC. In the beginning of my mentorship I set some goals for the year and beyond. My goal planning was three-fold (1-year, 3-year and 8-year) and ended up being a page long, so I will offer the condensed version. In the first year I aimed to 1) net more income, 2) secure 2-3 feasible plans for relocating to a new stable long-term farm home in one year and 3) develop and adhere to a self-care plan. In the goal planning process I found it challenging to set … Continue reading Goals, Growing Pains & Going Forward: Earth Apple Farm
Name? Karly Pinch, with farming partner Michaela Horner Where you farm? Shady Acre Farm, in Richmond, BC What do you farm? Mixed vegetables What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? 2 year lease, renewable How did you seriously get into farming? Both of us were looking for a career change, and through volunteering, came across the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture. From there, we both fell in love with farming and decided to make a go of it! Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? We’re starting our own farm, a brand new venture for both of us, … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Karly Pinch & Michaela Horner