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 Fraser Valley! If you’re a farmer seeking land, or have land in the Fraser Valley that you would like farmed, please reach out to land@youngagrarians.org for more details.

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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 land@youngagrarians.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 coming years, with Matchmakers in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, 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 land@youngagrarians.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 theyoungagrarians@gmail.com for more info.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

February 19: SURREY – Young Agrarians Land Linking Workshop: Join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of land linking, including networking, information on leasing land and other land access arrangements, and an expert panel.


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!

LAND BLOG


Looking for Land: Meet Teamster Christine

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 16, 2017

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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

Kinsol Farm Accommodation Exchange, Duncan, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 13, 2017

Kinsol Farm accommodation available in exchange for part time farm labour

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

LAND: Prospective Farmers, looking for land and mentorship to start a farm business in Richmond, BC?

Posted by Moss Dance on January 14, 2017

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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?

OPPORTUNITY: LANGFORD, BC – Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-operative

Posted by Moss Dance on January 04, 2017

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Lohbrunner Community Farm Cooperative in Langford BC is looking for passionate entrepreneur farmers to be part of the development of our 13 acre farm! About Lohbrunner Farm The coop is currently comprised of eight founding members who spearheaded the transfer of the farm from The Land Conservancy to Farm Folk City Folk who now hold the land in trust for many generations to come.  Now that the land is secured  we are ready to develop a community service nonprofit co-op. The farm has 6 acres approximately of a rich flood plane, 4 of which has been a hayfield for many … Continue reading OPPORTUNITY: LANGFORD, BC – Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-operative

FEB 19: LAND LINKING WORKSHOP – SURREY, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on December 22, 2016

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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

LAND: Cattle Ranch Opportunity at Edgerton, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 21, 2016

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Bar U.J. Ranch & Farm Ltd. has 250 cows for sale and land for rent. The purchase of these cows includes and opportunity to use our ranch land at a very reasonable price. This package together with our mentorship would be an excellent way to optimize the benefits of a cow herd that works and is well adapted to some of the unique challenges and opportunities that exist on our ranch. Living quarters are available on the ranch. Call Jim & Bonnie Brown 780-755-2550 Bar U.J. Ranch & Farm Ltd. Edgerton, AB  

GIVE GREEN: New Chapter in the Green Legacies Guide Explores Food and Farmland

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 19, 2016

Give Green: Colourful bunches of carrots

By Natasha van Bentum, Director, Give Green Canada (G2) Originally published on the Tides Canada blog on August 3, 2016. Last autumn, Give Green Canada (G2) began research for a new chapter around foodland and farmland to add to the Green Legacies Guide. The Guide, a collaboration with the Land Trust Alliance of BC, is a robust resource for professional advisors and for individuals who are contemplating making a gift to benefit the environment. It includes information on annual gifts, bequests, gifts of life insurance and real estate, endowments, Ecological Gifts, and more. “This new chapter of the Green Legacies Guide provides key context … Continue reading GIVE GREEN: New Chapter in the Green Legacies Guide Explores Food and Farmland

LAND: the New Young Agrarians Land Matching Program!

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 06, 2016

Farmer leasing land through Land Matching Program

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!

LAND: Livestock Farm Opportunity in Central Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 04, 2016

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Robert and Judy Akitt are seeking a young man, woman or couple to work with who is interested in building a livestock enterprise on their farm. About the Farm The Akitt Farm is located 10 miles south of Eckville, Alberta and about 40 minutes from Red Deer and 40 minutes from Rocky Mountain House. The farm is one section which includes a quarter of pasture with the rest in hay. Robert has been seeding about 30 acres of grain the he keeps to feed livestock. The farm has a small feed mill, livestock handling facilities, and a large barn. Robert has been raising a commercial herd of cattle … Continue reading LAND: Livestock Farm Opportunity in Central Alberta

City Beet Farm for Sale

Posted by Moss Dance on September 08, 2016

City Beet Farm for Sale

Info You Should Know: We (Ruth and Katie) started City Beet Farm in 2013 and have grown from a 26-member CSA to a 75-member CSA. We provide vegetables for 23-25 weeks of the year from late April until mid-October. We are mostly bicycle-powered and all of our farms are within 10 blocks (mostly less) of each other to make this convenient and efficient.  We have a partnership with a local coffee shop where we do our CSA pick ups and vegetable sales. We have consistently sold out of our CSA every year and have a strong customer base and a … Continue reading City Beet Farm for Sale