Find Farmland & Land Access Tools
Looking for farmland? 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: landlinking workshops, a BC Land Access Guide and free Lease & License Templates.
We have just launched our Land Matching Pilot program in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley region of B.C. If you’re a farmer seeking land, or have land in the area that you would like farmed, please reach out to email@example.com for more info.
Fraser Valley Land Matching Pilot
Looking for land? Have land you’d like to see farmed? Young Agrarians is excited to partner with the City of Surrey to pilot a land extension service in 2016 based on Quebec’s successful Banque de Terres program. The pilot’s hands-on matchmaking service for farmers and landowners will focus on the Fraser Valley, with the Young Agrarians digital resource map offering a way for farmers and landowners to connect across the province.
Our online land registry is currently available to anyone in BC or Canada who has land available for farming, as well as farmers who are seeking 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. If you have any questions, or would like help registering your land, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and our Land Matcher will be happy to help!
The Matchmaker service aims to:
- Support more new and young farmers to access tenured land agreements to start viable farm businesses
- Connect and support young and new farmer readiness with business planning and farm extension services
- Educate landowners and new farmers about legal agreements, and provide a final lawyer reviewed contract between parties
- Ensure that existing farmland continues to be farmed
- Support governments to meet regional agricultural planning goals
Our goal is to roll out the Young Agrarians Land Matching program across the province in the coming years, with Matchmakers in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Okanagan / Thompson, and the Kootenays.
To see if the pilot program is right for your farm project, or if you’ve got land to list, reach out to email@example.com.
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 farm business & organizational models, and hear case stories of land access arrangements from across Southern BC. Land linking workshops have been hosted from Vancouver Island to the Kootenays. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates
Check out our first publication (ever) available for download, as well as our Lease & License templates by clicking here: the B.C. 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.
On-Line Tools for Finding & Listing Land
To advertise your land opportunity check out:
Young Agrarians Land Blog & U-MAP: Landowners and Farmers have been posting their land opportunity on the Young Agrarians blog! To do this you must have a formal 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 RESOURCE button to add your land listing: maps.youngagrarians.org
FarmLink – FarmLINK’s MatchMaker 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 – 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. Each region offers 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. (This resource is in French.)
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 not able to screen all land opportunities that are sent to us. Please do due diligence and screening to assess whether the potential land opportunity meets your needs and expectations for a farm land access arrangement. Contact email@example.com if you have questions or need more support resources.
Posted by Darcy Smith on March 22, 2017
‘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
Posted by Moss Dance on March 16, 2017
Attention new farmers, retiring farmers, and organizations that support the protection of farmland and access to land for new farmers: Join us to learn about Tools for Protecting Farmland, a speakers panel followed by working round table discussion about innovative and effective ways to fund and protect farmland in Ontario. This forum will be hosted by Sustainable Brant, rare Charitable Research Reserve, and Langford Conservancy Speakers to include: Wally Seccombe, formerly of Everdale Farm; Dan Naccarato, New and Young Farmers; Scott Hughes, Capacity Build; Tom Woodcock, rare Charitable Research Reserve; Kathryn Enders, Ontario Farmland Trust; and Erin Shapiro, Ontario Greenbelt Alliance. Topics to be covered: … Continue reading APRIL 5: BRANTFORD, ON – Tools for Protecting Farmland Forum
Posted by Darcy Smith on March 07, 2017
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 LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3.5 Acres in Delta
Posted by Darcy Smith on March 07, 2017
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
Posted by Dana Penrice on March 03, 2017
Farmer Wanted We have a small, but well established purebred cow/calf operation and are almost ready t retire. Therefore, we are looking for a young person(s) to work with us, with the goal of taking over the farm. We are looking for someone with a great interest in cattle. The applicant must be of good character, physically capable and, hopefully, have some experience with livestock. The right person should also have a great respect for the environment. Any experience with equipment would be a desirable asset. We are willing to help as long as needed to get the right person(s) … Continue reading Land: Central Alberta – Purebred Cow/Calf Farm
Posted by Darcy Smith on March 03, 2017
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
Posted by Darcy Smith on March 03, 2017
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
Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 16, 2017
CHRISTINE BEATTIE: HORSE TRAINER, TEAMSTER & FARMER IS SEARCHING FOR A HOMESTEAD IN THE COWICHAN VALLEY Hello! My name is Christine; I am a passionate horse trainer, teamster, and farmer, as well as the human power behind Cadence Lane Farm in the Cowichan Valley. After close to four years on the same farm, I have outgrown the space I am on and am seeking a new homestead to lease and call home. My way of life and ambitions in farming with horses are inspired by a purpose, a principle, and a possibility. The purpose is to work in harmony with Mother Nature, to … Continue reading Looking for Land: Meet Teamster Christine
Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 13, 2017
Accommodation in Exchange for P/T Farm Labour in the beautiful Cowichan Valley WHERE: KINSOL FARM, 4041 Mountain Road, Duncan, BC WHAT: Henk (carpenter) and Robin (herbalist) are seeking a couple to exchange 20 hours per week in farm labour for accommodation at their 12 acre farm 20 minutes south of Duncan. The farm is a hobby farm with the potential to grow and generate more revenue from produce/herbs/chickens etc. with the right help. ABOUT THE FARM: At present, the farm consists of a veggie garden, small greenhouse, orchard, herb gardens, pastureland (4 sheep), woodlot, bees, and 70 laying hens. The farm is … Continue reading Kinsol Farm Accommodation Exchange, Duncan, BC
Posted by Moss Dance on January 14, 2017
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