Find Farmland & Land Access Tools
Ready to find land to farm? Looking for a farmer for your land? Young Agrarians is here to support farmers and landowners to connect to one another! Learn about our B.C. Land Matching Program to see how a Land Matcher can support 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: landlinking workshops, a 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?
Young Agrarians is offering a B.C. Land Matching Program (BCLMP) in Southern BC. The B.C. Land Matching Program provides land matching and business support services to new farmers looking for land to farm as well as landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land. 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 are outside one of the regions of our land matchers, please reach out to email@example.com. We want to hear from you.
BC Land Program Manager & Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Darcy Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Rajiv Dasanjh – email@example.com
Land Matcher – Cowichan Valley & Vancouver Island:
Azja Jones Martin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Land Matcher – Okanagan Central-North:
Tessa Wetherill – email@example.com
Land Matcher – Columbia Basin:
Hailey Troock – firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, 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. 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. 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!
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. Next Land Links will happen in Fall 2019 – stay tuned!
For more Young Agrarians events, please visit our Events Page!
Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com if you have questions or need more support resources.
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on March 22, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND Hilltop Farm Union Bay is a fenced 10 acre hobby farm gently sloping between the Old and New Island Highways in the foothills of the Beaufort Range. Half the acreage is kept as a woodlot and grazing area for sheep, the other half is cleared and cross fenced. The farm was established in the 1950’s as a dairy farm after being logged years earlier. The old dairy barn has been converted to a 4 stall livestock barn and hay shed. The property, accessible from an unpaved driveway from McLeod Road, includes a 120 sq.ft. chicken barn and 200 … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 ACRE LIVESTOCK FARM FOR LEASE – UNION BAY, BC
Posted by Darcy Smith on March 11, 2019
The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was established in 1973 to protect 4.7 million hectares of land in BC for agriculture – less than 5% of the province’s total land base. The ALR is managed by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). In 2018, there was a comprehensive review of the ALR, which led to recommendations to update the regulations on how farmland is managed in BC. We’ve pulled together the updates – check it out below! On February 22, 2019, the Agricultural Land Reserve General Regulation and Agricultural Land Reserve Use Regulation were approved by B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor in Council, bringing … Continue reading What’s New with Bill 52: Changes to the ALR
Posted by Tessa Wetherill on March 11, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND The land includes up to 3 acres of slopped land in the heart of Glenmore, Kelowna. The location is ideal: down a short, private road but only 10 minutes walking to local grocery stores, restaurants and other amenities. 15 minutes by bike to downtown or to the farmer’s market. The land is North facing sloped and irrigated with sectioned, automatic timer irrigation. It will require some amendments and work initially but is surrounded by many orchards and is very workable and usable. The land was previously a cedar tree farm but is now mostly cleared. There is … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3 ACRES AVAILABLE FOR LEASE – KELOWNA, B.C
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on March 09, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND Morrison’s Farm is an established garden that has been farmed organically and with biodynamic principles since it was established in 2004. The growing space is about 16,000 square feet (about 0.4 of an acre) and is fully fenced and irrigated. There are five greenhouses, (30×60 feet, 20×60 feet and three that are 10×20 feet). There is also a propagation shed (8×10) and propagation greenhouse (20×8) that includes a warming table, grow lights and a 3×6 working table. The farm is complete with a building for vegetable washing with a walk in cooler, and a machinery shed for … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: PROFITABLE MARKET GARDEN BUSINESS FOR LEASE – POWELL RIVER, BC
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on March 08, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND Dundink’s Garden is a 10 acre farm outside Nanaimo, BC. For the past 12 years, this farm has been producing an abundance of fruit and vegetables for three farmers markets and an on-farm store. The farm has 8 acres in production, with two greenhouses, field crops, and fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and currants. The farm is nestled in a warm and protected valley, with a slight south slope and full sun exposure. Two dug ponds irrigate the property. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Nick Dundink, the owner, has been farming his whole life and has a wealth of experience … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1/2 ACRE OF ESTABLISHED FARM SPACE, MENTORSHIP AND PAID FARM WORK – NANAIMO, BC
Posted by Dana Penrice on February 28, 2019
Are you an experienced farmer looking to mentor the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta? Develop your mentoring skills and learn how to support aspiring and new farmers during Young Agrarians’ Mentor Training Session. When: March 18, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm MST Where: Conference call + Webinar, call-in and login details to follow Who: Young Agrarians Prairie Coordinator Dana Penrice will be leading the session along with YA Alberta Coordinator Kolby Peterson. Cost: Free Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/38a8af70c54430a6cde7dc3c8da9331e After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. To call … Continue reading March 18: Mentor Training Session
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on February 28, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND We have a 43 acres total with a 4 acre field suitable for market gardening (currently 1 acre is fenced & irrigated), the remainder in pasture, hay orchard and forest. It has been farmed certified organic for 8 years. I raise livestock (currently sheep and ducks, facilities for chickens), orchard and hay, but only at a hobby scale right now. The property is mixed soil types with approximately 20 acres of organic hay fields and pasture, a small heritage orchard within the pasture, 4 acres of good sandy loam with 1 acre fenced and irrigated for a … Continue reading CO-OP OPPORTUNITY: ORGANIC FARM FOR CO-OWNERSHIP – MERVILLE, BC
Posted by Hailey Troock on February 21, 2019
Are you attending the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets conference taking place in Kimberley from March 8-10th? Looking for information on how to create a solid land arrangement? Look no further! Amongst the plethora of amazing workshops and events happening over the course of the weekend, on March 9th Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Matcher Hailey Troock will lead a session exploring the B.C. Land Matching Program and the nuts and bolts of leasing land. In this workshop that runs from 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm on Saturday afternoon, we’ll look at what goes into creating a solid land arrangement … Continue reading March 8-10: YA Land Access Workshop @ BCAFM Conference, Kimberley 2019
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on February 20, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND The property itself is over 1000 square feet of established, growing beds – plus other areas that could become beds. It is a south facing corner lot in the heart of Fernwood, Victoria, that has been a market garden for the past 10-plus years, with a mix crop of vegetables, some fruit, herbs and flowers. Over the years, it has produced for some of the higher end restaurants in the vicinity, contributed to hearty CSAs, and carried out solid farm-gate sales to the high volume of pedestrian traffic on their way to the theatres, restaurants, and shops in Fernwood … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: URBAN FARMING IN FERNWOOD – VICTORIA, BC
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on February 06, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND This opportunity is an 8.5 acre hay field, cleared and ready for food production, with a barn for storage and living on Pender Island! Pender Island is a 40 minute ride on BC ferries from Swartz Bay on the Saanich Peninsula. The farm is 10 minutes from the ferry terminal. A recently completed two-story barn has the capacity to store farm equipment on the lower floor and provide accommodation of the upper floor, complete with a kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Each floor is about 1,200 sqft. There is a large irrigation pond at one end of the field, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 8.5 ACRE FIELD WITH LIVE-IN BARN, PENDER ISLAND, BC