LAND OPPORTUNITY: 4 acre Organic Cherry Orchard for Lease

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on July 24, 2020

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ABOUT THE LAND

This 4 acre parcel of ALR land is located in Oyama, in the heart of Lake Country.  This certified organic cherry and nectarine orchard has been leased, planted and lovingly maintained by the same family for over 20 years, producing healthy yields season after season.   There are approximately 900 cherry trees on the property, spread across three different types – Rainier, Lapin, and Sweetheart.  The trees were planted in 1998 and are mature, and healthy.  Additionally there are approximately 200 nectarine trees that were planted in 2014.  All production records are available upon request.  While still small in size, they produce a quality amount of fruit.  The property is fully deer fenced and irrigated.   Additional border fencing exists separating the orchard from the land owner’s home.  There are multiple access points entering the orchard off the main road for ease of operation.    The orchard receives excellent all day sun exposure and windbreak from neighbouring orchards.    

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

The current owners, Shayne and Sandy, purchased the land 3 years ago from a family member who had owned the property for over 10 years.   Living right on the property, they spend much of their time outdoors, tending to their vegetable and flower gardens which surround the house and border the orchard.   They have called their property Black Cat Farm as they joke about all the hours they’ve spent in the orchard chasing their two black cats. 

Their goal is to continue to see the land farmed organically and responsibly.  The ideal candidate(s) will have past experience with certified organic farming practices and protocols, and already own the necessary equipment.  Storage facilities are not currently on the property however the owners are willing to discuss this should it be required.  Additionally, as the owners are located right on the property, they are open to discussing providing additional support (i.e. mowing, etc.).  The previous famers who planted and maintained the orchard live across the road and are also available as a valuable and knowledgeable resource. 

While the cherry and nectarine trees are healthy and produce high yields (and it is the owner’s preference that they continue to be farmed), they also recognize that potential candidates may be interested in diversifying the orchard.  They are open to discussing future alternative plantings and both and short/long term lease options. 

GET IN TOUCH!

This land opportunity is participating in the BC Land Matching Program. Get in touch with the Okanagan Land Matcher, Tessa, at tessa@youngagrarians.org for more information.

Check out the UMap Listing at : https://maps.youngagrarians.org/locations/56316-Certified-Organic-Acreage

To learn more about the BC Land Matching Program and other land opportunities, visit https://youngagrarians.org/tools/land/

The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in the Okanagan by the Province of British Columbia, with support from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. and Patagonia.

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