Farm data nerds, the day is finally here! Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture results have arrived—along with some interesting shifts in the sector. Here are some highlights of the good, the bad, and the promising: Farmers are getting older—and younger Farmers 55+ is the fastest growing age group, with the average national age of operators edging up from 54 in 2011 to 55. This trend parallels the general population. On the other hand, this year we saw an increase in the number of farm operators under 35. This is the first time there has been an increase in farmers under 35 since … Continue reading 2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!
‘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
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 [LEASED] LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3.5 Acres in Delta
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
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
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
The Shuswap Food Action Committee is hosting a series of Shuswap Food Conversations including the upcoming Jobs in Agriculture panel. These events will be held every Wednesday from March 8th to April 12th, 7-9pm at the Okanagan College in Salmon Arm. These free events will cover a range of interesting food and agriculture topics! March 8th: Jobs in Agriculture A panel discussion on the Shuswap as a farming area–past, present, and future. Farms in transition and youth employment will be the main focus!
The New Farm Start-Up workshop is a great learning opportunity for those who are thinking of a career in farming. There will be a workshop hosted by the District of Kent (Agassiz) on March 4th, at 7170 Cheam Avenue. If you are wanting to farm you may want to consider locating in Agassiz. The community has many attributes that make it a very good place to start a farm, including somewhat lower land prices, excellent water resources and very good soil. In addition, the climate in Agassiz tends to be quite warm in the summer. In short, the growing conditions in Agassiz … Continue reading March 4: AGASSIZ, BC – New Farm Start-Up Workshop
Land Linking workshop hosted by Young Agrarians in partnership with the City of Surrey. Want Land? Got Land? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! 2-6 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, UMAP Demo, Expert Panel, & more! Join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of land linking. We’ll network, learn about land access, leases, and licenses, and hear from our expert panel on topics such as housing, finances, and more! You just might find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a … Continue reading FEB 19: LAND LINKING WORKSHOP – 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!