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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you!
BC Land Program Manager & Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Darcy Smith: email@example.com
Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Ashlee Brillert: firstname.lastname@example.org
Land Matcher – Cowichan Valley & Vancouver Island
Azja Jones Martin: email@example.com
Land Matcher – Okanagan Central-North
Tessa Wetherill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Land Matcher – Columbia Basin
Hailey Troock: email@example.com
Land Matcher – Central & Northern B.C.
Jolene Swain: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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.
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.
*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 email@example.com!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need more support resources.
Posted by Jolene Swain on February 13, 2020
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at email@example.com to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND For over 40 years we’ve lived off the grid (with an array of solar panels and a backup generator run on recycled veggie-oil) on our 160 acre Goddess Country homestead of mixed forest with several creeks, ponds and cleared areas for gardening and pasture. We have a good sized vegetable patch and orchard with perennials including currants, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, hascaps, asparagus, and apple, plum, cherry, and hazelnut … Continue reading Land Opportunity: Off-grid Wilderness Oasis near Hazelton, BC →
Posted by Jolene Swain on February 13, 2020
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at firstname.lastname@example.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Located just 25 minutes from the markets and amenities of Prince George, this scenic piece of land in Red Rock, BC has the capacity to support an additional farming enterprise. Currently, the farm is host to a flock of 40 or so chickens and a honey bees, and there is capacity for more with 30 acres of cleared land currently in hay (hay hasn’t been cut for the … Continue reading Land Available: 30 Acres of Cleared Land near Red Rock, BC →
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on February 12, 2020
There are more available land listings available than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at email@example.com to access our full land inventory in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This space has been maintained as a food producing organic garden for years, and is now looking for a new grower to take over! Beds are raised in rock walls (retains heat well!) and irrigation infrastructure is all set up and ready to go. A greenhouse is available for use, as is a potting shed with heated benches for getting seedlings going. Productive fruit trees and raspberries are also available for … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Raised beds, greenhouse and potting shed for lease – Cowichan Station, BC →
Posted by Jolene Swain on February 11, 2020
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at firstname.lastname@example.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Just 15 minutes from Vanderhoof down the historic Blackwater Road, Newsat farms has an established poultry processing facility on 10 acres of cleared land surrounded by forest on a total 122 acre property. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Providing quality service since 2011, owners are looking for someone to take over the licensed poultry processing facility which serves the farming and ranching community from Smithers the Cache Creek. The farm … Continue reading Land and Business Available: Licensed Poultry Abattoir near Vanderhoof, BC →
Posted by Dana Penrice on February 04, 2020
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. It’s 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 … Continue reading FEB 21: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe →
Posted by Hailey Troock on February 04, 2020
Call for Feedback on B.C. Government’s Proposed Changes to Legislation for Housing on ALR Land Between September 19 and November 15, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture undertook public consultations to continue to address how to strengthen farming in B.C. The findings can be downloaded here. In 2019, the Province of B.C. implemented new regulations on land in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) through Bill 52. In response to public feedback on the new regulations, the Ministry has “started policy work on several residential options, while continuing to prioritize preserving the land to be used for farming or ranching. The Policy Intentions Paper … Continue reading Supporting B.C. Farmers in the ALR: Public Engagement Report Recap and Call for Feedback →
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 30, 2020
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Terra Nostra Farm sits on 14 acres next to Myrtle Creek, five minutes South of Powell River. We cultivate 2 productive acres and a large greenhouse with a diverse mix of certified organic vegetables. Our produce is sold on the farm and locally through farmer’s markets, restaurants, and supermarkets. We currently have a 2 acre field that we are not using. We would love to share this with a hard working farmer who is dedicated to local, organic, or regenerative agriculture! We would like to see more vegetable production, animals and fruit are also options. The land … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 2 acres with market gardening mentorship for lease – Powell River, BC →
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 30, 2020
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Ready for the next step? Looking for a young person or couple who are ready for the next step in their farming career. Ideally you have apprenticed in market gardening for a number of years and have most recently been a successful farm manager or have a business plan of your own that you are ready to move forward with. If you are now ready to take the next step in running your own market gardening business then we’d love to talk to you and hear your plans. Ideally, you have experience with planning, managing, and directing … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Organic Market Garden Business Lease Opportunity – Salt Spring Island, BC →
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 08, 2020
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 →
FILLED – 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
There are more available land listings available than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at email@example.com 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 FILLED – LAND OPPORTUNITY: 2 Bedroom Suite with garden for food production available for rent – Cowichan Station, BC →