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.
In B.C., we have launched a Lower Mainland Land Matching Pilot 2016-2017. If you’re a farmer seeking land, or have land in the area that you would like farmed, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Lower Mainland 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 2016/2017 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 email@example.com 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 the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Okanagan / Thompson / Interior, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need more support resources.
Posted by Darcy Smith on November 10, 2017
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
Posted by Moss Dance on November 02, 2017
Hello! I run Little Mountain Farm http://www.littlemountainveggies.ca/, a 1-acre non-certified organic mixed vegetable farm and I am looking for a fellow farmer to share the land with for the 2018 season. Sales are primarily through a CSA (I currently harvest 50 shares/week, though this would likely be expanded with the addition of another vegetable farmer!), as well as one farmers market. About Little Mountain Farm Little Mountain Farm has 1 acre currently cultivated and has been farmed for the past 4 seasons, with all infrastructure in place (irrigation, fencing etc) and pretty lovely soil! I am looking to make about 1/2 of it … Continue reading FARMSHARE: SAANICH, BC – Little Mountain Farm
Posted by Moss Dance on October 19, 2017
About the Land Blue Jay Lake Farm is a diversified, organic, off-grid homestead on 300 acres nestled in the Green Valley in the heart of Cortes Island. The farm is a peaceful, pristine, natural, environment where children, and the young at heart alike, grow wild and free, healthy and strong. For more info, visit: www.bluejaylakefarm.com About the Opportunity We have an opportunity to share in our farm community. Blue Jay Lake Farm is looking for an individual, couple or small family to come and live with other like-minded homesteaders on our beautiful Cortes Island property. An interest in gardening, farming, livestock, off-grid … Continue reading FARM SHARE: CORTES ISLAND, BC – Blue Jay Lake Farm
Posted by Darcy Smith on October 18, 2017
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
Posted by Moss Dance on October 10, 2017
Kakwa Ecovillage Cooperative invites potential farmers to join us for our annual Open House and Harvest Celebration to our farm Cooperative. We are a 540 acre mixed use organic methods farm. We have large vegetable gardens, small orchard of 35 apple, plum and Evans cherry trees, plus 7 berry varieties and a herd of 20 alpacas. There are several participation options available, including: short to long-term lease and full coop membership. About the Annual Harvest Feast and Open House We ask that folks arrive by 10am on Saturday. The feast meal begins at 2pm on Sat. Please bring a dish … Continue reading OCT 14: MCBRIDE, BC: Kakwa Ecovillage Open House & Harvest Feast
Posted by Darcy Smith on October 04, 2017
The Squamish Valley Hop Company is looking for a farmer, or farmers, to use(lease) some vacant space on the farm. About the Land It is a very private 160 acre property in the Upper Squamish Valley that grows PACS certified organic hops, raises bees, sheep, horses, and plentiful wildlife. About 15 acres of the property is cleared, the rest is large second growth cedar and fir trees, tall cottonwoods and maples, and some salmon bearing streams complete with beavers and otters and small trout. There is a slightly secluded field (the south field) that has remained fallow for many years, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Land for lease on hop farm, Squamish BC
Posted by Moss Dance on October 02, 2017
We have a co-farming opportunity on our certified organic farm for a couple with a keen interest in homesteading, small-scale farming and wilderness living. WoodGrain Farm is a 320 acre century-old farmstead in the Kispiox Valley (in the mountains of northwest BC), 25km north of Hazelton. Our comfy, self-contained A-frame guest house on a knoll overlooking the farm is available now, with the potential of a farm work trade towards some rent (dependent on skill-set, farm work through the winter is limited). Near the end of a gravel road, the farm is incredibly quiet through the winter, with endless cross-country ski trails … Continue reading CO-FARMING OPPORTUNITY: Kispiox Valley, BC – WoodGrain Farm
Posted by Moss Dance on September 12, 2017
Mossy Banks Farm, a Permaculture farm in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, is looking for an individual or couple interested in partnering with an experienced farmer in a potential “profit share” partnership. About Mossy Banks Farm Mossy Banks is a mixed farm with animals, gardens and food forests. To become profitable, it needs the help of dedicated workers who can help the farmer implement the latest in best intensive organic practices for the vegetable gardens, for example, while also working with the permaculture systems of animal husbandry and the food forests already in place. Always willing to experiment and try new … Continue reading OPPORTUNITY: NORTH COWICHAN, BC: Mossy Banks Farm Partnership
Posted by Darcy Smith on July 25, 2017
About Ceres Circle Farm Ceres Circle Farm is a 36.8 acre sheep farm in Kelowna, British Columbia. It is a very beautiful farm that has been meticulously maintained. There are gentle rolling hills that are fenced into paddocks on both sides, as well as a natural uncultivated area full of edible and medicinal plants. About The Opportunity A sheep farming operation would be the ideal “flagship” enterprise as the property can accommodate maximum 35-45 sheep (or 100 animals including lambs) in rotation. There is infrastructure to service the animals from birth to slaughter, including a provincially licensed abattoir with walk-in cooler … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Ceres Circle Farm, Kelowna BC
Posted by Darcy Smith on July 21, 2017
ABOUT PARADISE WITHIN Paradise Within is an “incubator farm” on Salt Spring Island that is in need of a fresh new farmer or two wanting to learn from a seasoned organic market garden farmer. The farm is roughly 18 acres of mixed permaculture and conventional organic farming. It is endowed with amazing soil, lots of great water, and an incredible amount of sunlight. We grow a multitude of seasonal vegetables in and out of the greenhouse. The developing Edible Permaculture Display Garden is home to fruit trees; apple primarily, plums, pears, cherry, kiwi and figs. We also grow hazelnuts, sweet … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Paradise Within Farm, Salt Spring Island