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 (So You Want to Farm?) and free Lease & License Templates.
In BC, 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 email@example.com 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 (Land Bank) > L’ARTERRE program. The pilot’s hands-on matchmaking service for farmers and landowners will focus on Metro Vancouver and 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 the Lower Mainland, 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.
2018 Land Linking Event Series: Check our Events Page for details! January 13 Salmon Arm – Jan 14 Revelstoke – February 10 Shawnigan Lake – February 17 Penticton
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 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.
On-Line 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 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 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.
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 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 14, 2018
ABOUT THE LAND The property consists of 6 acres of land in Richmond with a farmer currently running a greenhouse operation on a portion of the property. The farmer lives on site. The land has been fallow for five years, and is currently quite overgrown. At one point, it was used to cultivate Asian vegetables. There are drainage ditches on each side of the property. Neighbouring the property on one side is a greenhouse operation, and on the other a blueberry farm. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY 1 acre, potentially more, available for lease as for vegetable production. The current tenant has … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1+ ACRES IN RICHMOND, BC
Posted by Darcy Smith on March 08, 2018
ABOUT THE LAND This acreage in Delta, located close to Westham Island, is full of potential. It was partially cultivated last season after being fallow for a number of years. In the past it was home to livestock and market garden. Neighbouring crops are potatoes, hay, blueberries, 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. The land is well suited for a market garden, with the potential for egg production, berries, and potentially fruit trees. For … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3.5 ACRES AVAILABLE IN DELTA
Posted by Darcy Smith on March 01, 2018
Are you a farmer leasing ALR land? Have you come up against any challenges around housing regulations, taxation issues, or agricultural status? Are there ways you hope to see the ALR work better for you as a farm operator? Currently there is a review underway of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to enable B.C. farmers, farmland owners and the public to have an opportunity to have their voices heard this spring, and help revitalize the ALR. The ALR has two main mandates: protect farmland and promote farming. This review is framed by the Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, to review … Continue reading ALR REVITALIZATION
Posted by Moss Dance on February 01, 2018
WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Join us for a Vancouver Island Land Linking Session at the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer! Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! Join us to network, learn about leases, and more! Topics you want to learn? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. WARNING: You may find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or keep your productive farm in production! Land seekers, you may find a landowner with the land opportunity you’ve been seeking! Come with an idea of what you are looking for, and a … Continue reading FEB 10: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island Land Linking
Posted by Darcy Smith on January 30, 2018
Bella Vista Ranch Lease Farming Opportunity ABOUT THE LAND Bella Vista Ranch is 44 acres of historical farmland centrally located along Highway 20 between the communities of Bella Coola and Hagensborg on the Central Coast. Bella Coola is located 500 kilometres from Williams Lake and has all the amenities (schools, hospital, etc.) It is an isolated community of about 1800 people and the traditional territory of the Nuxalk Nation. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY We are looking for experienced farmers who would like to lease a section of the property to cultivate a suitable crop(s) that could be sold locally or … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: BELLA VISTA RANCH Lease Farming Opportunity, BELLA COOLA BC
Posted by Moss Dance on January 29, 2018
We are celebrating five years of Winter Mixers on Vancouver Island this year! Join us for our Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer at Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake, on beautiful Vancouver Island for two days of farming workshops & networking! Looking for the Young Agrarians Okanagan Winter Mixer? Click here! VANCOUVER ISLAND 5TH WINTER MIXER At-A-Glance WHEN: Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 11, 2018 WHERE: Coast Salish Territory – Camp Pringle, 2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3 COST: Sliding scale $75-125. All funds raised go to covering the cost of the event. Thank you for your support! Work trade options are available, … Continue reading FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer
Posted by Darcy Smith on January 22, 2018
WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We want you! 11 am – 4 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, Young Agrarians Land Matching Program, 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 the Young Agrarians Land Matching Program, 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 productive farm, or … Continue reading March 11: Land Link – Richmond, BC
Posted by Dana Penrice on January 18, 2018
Course Details: Facilitator: Takota Coen, Grass Roots Family Farm Where: Castor, Alberta When: February 20, 21 and 22 March 2, 3 and 4 Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Course Description: The best person to design and manage your land is you. Every landowner or land steward holds a vast collection of personal and inherited experience and wisdom unique to them and their landbase. This 6 day workshop acknowledges that fact and provides you with the tools and resources that will help you successfully design, establish, and manage resilient human habitats that are ecologically sound and economically profitable. It is … Continue reading FEB & MAR: 6-Day Holistic Land Design Course – Castor, AB
Posted by Moss Dance on January 10, 2018
Singing Bird Farm on Salt Spring Island is available for lease for 2018! The lease includes access to markets, CSA, & on-site housing at additional cost. ABOUT SINGING BIRD FARM We are a small and diverse organic farm on Salt Spring Island, BC. We began developing Singing Bird Farm in the fall of 2012 and, since then, we have established a flourishing and profitable farm that provides food for about 35 CSA families, a well-established Tuesday Farmer’s Market booth with many loyal customers, contracts to provide certified organic produce to the local restaurant, grocery store, health food store, and several … Continue reading LAND: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Singing Bird Farm
Posted by Emily Jubenvill on December 13, 2017
Want Land? Got Land? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! 1-6 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, 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 productive farm, or a land owner who has the ideal piece of land for you! Refreshments … Continue reading FEB 17: PENTICTON, BC – South Okanagan Land Link