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 land@youngagrarians.org for more info.

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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 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 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 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 farm@youngagrarians.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 land@youngagrarians.org if you have questions or need more support resources.

LAND BLOG


March 11: Land Link – Richmond, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on January 22, 2018

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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

FEB & MAR: 6-Day Holistic Land Design Course – Castor, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 18, 2018

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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

LAND: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Singing Bird Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on January 10, 2018

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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

FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 04, 2018

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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

FEB 17: PENTICTON, BC – South Okanagan Land Link

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on December 13, 2017

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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

January 13: Land Link – Salmon Arm, BC

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on December 06, 2017

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Land Linking workshop hosted by Young Agrarians in partnership with the Shuswap Food Action Co-op 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 … Continue reading January 13: Land Link – Salmon Arm, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: BELLA VISTA RANCH Lease Farming Opportunity, BELLA COOLA BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on November 30, 2017

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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

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1-3 Acres for Veggie Production, Surrey BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on November 10, 2017

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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

FARMSHARE: SAANICH, BC – Little Mountain Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on November 02, 2017

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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

FARM SHARE: CORTES ISLAND, BC – Blue Jay Lake Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on October 19, 2017

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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