Find Farmland & Land Access Tools

Ready to find land to farm? Looking for a farmer for your land? Young Agrarians is here to provide land access support to farmers and landowners! Learn about the B.C. Land Matching Program to see how a Land Matcher can help you. Then check out our Farmland Blog below – it’s full of listings with farmland for rent. Read up on the essential land access resources we offer: Land Linking workshops, the BC Land Access Guide (So You Want to Farm?) and free Lease & Licence Templates.

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B.C. Land Matching Program
Land Linking Workshops
Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates
On-Line Tools for Finding & Listing Land
Farm Transition & Succession Planning Resources
Land Blog


B.C. Land Matching Program

Looking for land? Have land you’d like to see farmed? The B.C. Land Matching Program  delivered by Young Agrarians provides land matching and business support services to new farmers looking for land to farm and landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land, as well as support developing leases and other land agreements. Visit our B.C. Land Matching Program page to learn more about the program and working with a Young Agrarians Land Matcher in your region. If you aren’t sure if we have a Land Matcher in your region, please reach out to land@youngagrarians.org. We want to hear from you!

BC Land Program Manager & Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley 
Darcy Smith: land@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Ashlee Brillert: ashlee@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Cowichan Valley & Vancouver Island
Azja Jones Martin: azja@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Okanagan Central-North
Tessa Wetherill: tessa@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Columbia Basin
Hailey Troock: hailey@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Central & Northern B.C.
Jolene Swain: jolene@youngagrarians.org

Our online UMAP land registry is available to anyone in BC or Canada who has land available for farming, as well as farmers looking for land. Please create a new listing on our UMAP, selecting either “Land Listing” or “Farmer Looking for Land”, and answer the questions in as much detail as you can. You can also contribute a Land Opportunity to our Land Blog, where it will be read by our extensive network of new and young farmers. *Note to farmers seeking land – we have more land opportunities than what is listed on our UMAP and blog.

Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org with any questions, and to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region.


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Land Linking Workshops

Young Agrarians facilitates Land Linking Workshops to bring together land owners and retiring farmers with new and potential farmers to network, learn about leases and land access arrangements, and hear stories of land matches. Land Linking Workshops have been hosted from Vancouver Island to the Kootenays.

For more Young Agrarians events, please visit our Events Page!


Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates, Water Manual

British Columbia Land Access Guide:

The BC Land Access Guide provides a framework for new farmers looking to explore options for how to get on land. If you are a land owner wanting to get a better understanding of what a farmer would need to work your land, this guide is helpful. If you are a farmer looking to negotiate a land access agreement, Appendix B can support process, and includes Lease and Licence templates.

Ontario 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 our immensely popular Young Agrarians BC Land Access Guide.

Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual

*NEW RESOURCE!* The Water Use & Drainage Manual for Landowners and Farmers in Metro Vancouver is intended to support landowners and farmers to assess and improve drainage and irrigation for planning and implementation purposes. The manual will help you objectively decide, from an irrigation and drainage perspective, if your land can support a farming operation, and help farmers determine if there are ways to improve irrigation and drainage on the land through shifts in farming practices.


Online Tools for Finding & Listing Land

To advertise your land opportunity check out:

Young Agrarians Land Blog & U-MAP: Landowners and Farmers post their land opportunities on the Young Agrarians blog! To do this you must have a vision for your land and an  understanding of how your land arrangement would work with a new farmer. Please visit our land blog for examples and email us with content to post. You can also list your farm land opportunity on the Young Agrarians Resource UMAP under Land. Use the ADD LISTING button to add your land listing: maps.youngagrarians.org. For more support finding land or a farmer, please reach out to land@youngagrarians.org!

FarmLink: FarmLINK’s MatchMaker land listing tool brings together new farmers who are looking for land or mentorship with farm owners who have land available or expertise to share.

Banque de Terres > L’ARTERRE: This Quebec land matching service pairs land owners with farmers seeking land. Banque de Terres aims to increase the accessibility of land to young farmers and maintain the agricultural dynamism of Quebec’s regions. Participating County’s offer the services of a land matcher, who provides personalized support and assistance at every stage of forming a land match and agreement between landowners and aspiring farmers.


Farm Transition & Succession Planning Resources

To learn about transition planning and various programs intended to support the transfer of farm business to the next generation of farmers, check out:

B.C. Agri Business Planning Program – Eligible Activity: Developing a Transition / Succession Plan. Eligible applicants can access up to $5,000 for individuals and $30,000 for groups for business planning services from a Qualified Business Consultant specializing in transition planning to develop a potential farm transition/succession strategy. Applicants must have reported total annual gross revenues greater than $30,000/year in the previous year to Canada Revenue Agency.

Farm Management Canada’s National Transition Program – This program seeks to help bridge the gap between generations of farmers to provide Canada’s future farmers with the best chance for success. It is comprised of a series of Succession & Transition Planning workshops for farm families, coupled with a Successor Development program, exclusively for young farmers. Young farmers have a chance to apply to be selected to participate in a Successor Development program.

Farm Management Canada Succession Planning Webinars – These webinars from Farm Management Canada and RBC bring in Succession Planning experts. Kitchen Table Discussions Part 1 shares valuable information on farm succession planning with a goal to inspire you to start thinking and be well prepared to answer two very important questions: What is the future of my farming operation? And what if something happens? Kitchen Table Discussions Part 2 shares valuable information on farm succession planning, including why and how to hire an agriculture professional, tax planning opportunities and strategies on how to transfer farming assets to your children. Free registration required.

Farm Credit Canada Transition Planning Tools – From starting the conversation and preparation, to farm transfer and retirement, Farm Credit Canada has a collection of advice and resources to support the transition process.

Elaine Froese Farm Succession Planning – Elaine Froese is a certified coach and farm succession planner. She offers succession planning/coaching services, online courses, workshops around Canada, and a free-to-download Farm Family Toolkit.

A Growing Concern: How to Keep Farmland in the Hands of Canadian Farmers – A report by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. This report looks at farmland as a major asset for farmers, seeking to understand the use of farmland and changes in farmland values in Canada, as well as the factors behind their upward trend. In addition, this report describes the underlying challenges associated with access to farmland, including farmers’ financial capacity, ownership types and the profitability of the agricultural sector.

BC Foodlands Cooperative – The Foodlands Cooperative of BC (Foodlands) is a registered society founded in 2017 with the mission to secure and hold land in trust and promote the protection and utilization of food providing lands across BC. Foodlands works with landholders, farmers, local communities and leaders in the agricultural and land trust sectors to develop and support community foodlands models and build healthy, local food systems. 


Join the movement and grow new farmers and food growers in Canada by supporting land access for food production!

For blog listings below, please note that Young Agrarians is only able to screen land opportunities that are participants in the B.C. Land Matching Program. Please do your due diligence and screen to assess whether the potential land opportunity meets your needs and expectations for a farm land access arrangement. Contact land@youngagrarians.org if you have questions or need more support resources.

LAND BLOG


FARM TRANSITION OPPORTUNITY: 31 Acre Gulf Island Bio-dynamic Farm and Vineyard, Lasqueti Island, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 08, 2020

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This 31 acre, off-grid, biodynamic Lasqueti Island farm and vineyard is for sale! The landowners would love to see the farm be passed to farmers who will continue the legacy they have started. The property is ideal for co-op ownership as the zoning allows for three residences and three cabins, as well as B+B use, perfect for hosting farm stays, workshops and agri-tourism. The owners are offering a transition period where they can be available to mentor incoming farmers and show them the systems of the property. The Land and Location 31.35 acre (12.69 hectare) property is located on the sunny southwest … Continue reading FARM TRANSITION OPPORTUNITY: 31 Acre Gulf Island Bio-dynamic Farm and Vineyard, Lasqueti Island, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 2 Bedroom Suite with garden for food production available for rent – Cowichan Station, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 01, 2020

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There are more available land listings available than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory in your region. ABOUT THE LAND A two-bedroom suite on the lower floor of a home in the heart of Cowichan Station is available for rent immediately. This housing opportunity comes with an established garden with raised beds, small greenhouse, raspberries and a small orchard which is available for the tenants use. The owners would like to rent to tenants who will put the garden to its fullest use and will maintain it as a food producing resource. Water … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 2 Bedroom Suite with garden for food production available for rent – Cowichan Station, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1 acre established market garden for lease – Cowichan Bay, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 01, 2020

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There are more available land listings available than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This one acre market garden has been farmed organically for the past 5 seasons, and is now available for a new farmer to keep it in production! This is a turn key operation with everything you need to have a productive growing season: three greenhouses and 8 raised beds with poly covers offer plenty of protected season extension/heat loving growing space, irrigation systems are in place, there is shed … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1 acre established market garden for lease – Cowichan Bay, BC

LOOKING FOR LAND: EXPERIENCED FARMER & BUSINESS OWNER LOOKING FOR LAND NEAR BURNABY

Posted by Ashlee Brillert on December 20, 2019

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We have more opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region.  ABOUT THE FARMER You might recognize Farmer Abdul from numerous Metro Vancouver based Farmers Markets. Abdul is such a passionate and dedicated farmer, with an amazing story. Abdul has a strong connection to the land, and to his crops. He’s the owner and operator of BC Garlic, a wonderful family owned business with fantastic product. The product is sold at farmers markets and local retailers in the Lower Mainland. Abdul also … Continue reading LOOKING FOR LAND: EXPERIENCED FARMER & BUSINESS OWNER LOOKING FOR LAND NEAR BURNABY

JANUARY 31: CAMROSE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 18, 2019

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Did you know that 92% of farms in Alberta don’t have a transition or succession plan for their farm? At the same time, there’s a growing movement of new and beginning farmers seeking land and farm opportunities. How we steward the transition of farm land and businesses from one generation to the next is going to have a major impact on the future of agriculture and the food system. Its time we get the conversation started. WHAT: Join us for a participatory conversation and hear about the opportunities and challenges of farm transition. Raise questions and expand your thinking through discussions with fellow farmers. WHO: For current farmers … Continue reading JANUARY 31: CAMROSE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Raven’s View Farm, Peachland, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on December 16, 2019

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We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Ravens View Farm from Jim Ohm on Vimeo. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Ravens View Farm is the manifestation of a lifelong dream I held since I was 17 and worked as an “au pair” on a small family farm for a veterinarian and his young family. I loved milking the jersey and churning her cream into butter, herding the sheep and lambs, helping the young children feed the small flock … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Raven’s View Farm, Peachland, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Land Cooperative Shares in Johnsons Landing

Posted by Hailey Troock on December 05, 2019

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We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND The hamlet of Johnson’s Landing is nestled in the west-facing mountain side at the northern end of Kootenay Lake, one hour from Kaslo or two hours from Nelson, on the East side. The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy backs the property and the Fry Creek Trail is near. The Johnson’s Landing Retreat Centre (JLRC) is an educational and resource facility for the development of Body, Mind and Spirit and had … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Land Cooperative Shares in Johnsons Landing

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 2 acres with orchard and housing in Harrop

Posted by Hailey Troock on November 28, 2019

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We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This farming opportunity is located in Harrop, a small community nestled on the south side of the Kootenay River, north of Nelson. The land owners that reside on this property are making their cabin available for rent to one or two farmers who are also interested in taking over the maintenance of the garden and small orchard. There is land available to increase food production and have small … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 2 acres with orchard and housing in Harrop

LAND/FARM OPPORTUNITY: Jackalope Farm, West Kelowna, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on November 25, 2019

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We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND 3.1 acres in West Kelowna was historically a part of the Rufli Orchard. The land was used for some time as a horse pasture, some time spent fallow, and for the last 6 years has been lovingly cultivated into a productive, non-certified organic strawberry/blackberry farm, called Jackalope Farm.  http://www.jackalopefarms.ca/index.html The cultivated area is approximately 1.5 acres and is an east facing slope, fully developed into raised beds with irrigation … Continue reading LAND/FARM OPPORTUNITY: Jackalope Farm, West Kelowna, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 151 acres in Lumby, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on November 25, 2019

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We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Doug and Donna purchased this farm, located just outside Lumby, 3 years ago.  They have discovered they have more farm than they are able to look after alone! They have spent the past 3 years picking roots and rocks on 55 acres that where logged before we bought the farm. This job is almost complete and they plan to seed it to hay in the spring, which will give them … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 151 acres in Lumby, BC