AUG 13, 2022: MCBRIDE, BC – LAND ACCESS AT THE ROBSON VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL!

Posted by Morgan Kitchen on July 20, 2022 2 Comments

We’re so excited to be in McBride, B.C. on August 13, 2022 for a full day of land access and music! Join us for a morning Community Farms workshop with Foodlands Cooperative of BC at the music festival grounds, followed by a Land Social at Legrand Farm, an exciting land opportunity with housing. The renowned Robson Valley Music Festival, which runs from August 12-14, is the cherry tomato on top – come to learn and network, stay to enjoy the tunes with Young Agrarians. Time to shine up your dancing shoes and your farm boots for an awesome weekend!

10:30-12 – Land Access: Growing Communities on the Land – This roundtable discussion will dive into collaborative land access – different models and considerations to bring Community Farms to life in your community. Featuring: Heather Pritchard and Michael Marrapese of Foodlands Co-operative of BC; Yann Assemat of Roots ‘N Thyme Heirloom Gardens; and Darcy Smith and Morgan Kitchen of Young Agrarians.

2-5 – Land Social and Farm Tour at Legrand Farm – We’ll tour the farm, network, and look at the steps to building a successful land sharing relationship. Morgan Kitchen, your regional Land Matcher will share information about how the B.C. Land Matching Program can help you find the perfect farmer for your land – or farmland where you can build your dream farm business.

Get your tickets to the festival and join us for both the roundtable in the morning and the Land Social in the afternoon! Festival tickets are required for the morning roundtable, but are NOT required to attend the Land Social. On Sunday, the music festival is by donation. Learn more about the festival here.

DATE: Saturday, August 13, 2022

LOCATION: Unceded Indigenous Territories. The farm is located 22 km West of McBride at 4885 Legrand Access Rd.

REGISTER: Each event (roundtable discussion and the land social) require separate registration, please see below:

Land Access: Growing Communities on the Land – to attend the roundtable discussion at the Robson Valley Music Festival you will need to purchase a festival ticket. Get your FESTIVAL TICKET HERE.

Legrand Farm Land Social – we are serving some light snacks at the Land Social. To have an idea of how many folks plan to attend, PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE LAND SOCIAL HERE. 

CARPOOL INFO: If you are looking for or can offer a ride to or from the Festival Grounds, please post in the Facebook event to connect with others. If attending the roundtable discussion in the morning, we encourage car pooling to the Land Social.

LAND SOCIAL DIRECTIONS/PARKING: From the Robson Valley Music Festival in Dunster – take Dunster Station Rd to Hwy 16. Head West on Hwy 16 for 39 km, through McBride until reaching Legrand Access Rd. Turn North off Hwy 16 onto Legrand Access Rd and follow all the way to the end, approximately 3 km.

LAND SOCIAL SCHEDULE (times are approximate):

2:00-2:30: Intro Circle & B.C. Land Matching Program Overview
2:30-3:30: Tour
3:30-5:00: Food & Networking

BRING: For the Land Social, lease bring your own plate, cutlery and cup for snacks/refreshments, there will not be a wash station available to clean plates so please plan accordingly. A chair or blanket to sit on and a light jacket or blanket for the cooler evening. Good walking shoes to tour the farm. Optional: face mask.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Please stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, OR if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are completing a period of self-isolation as mandated by public health, OR if you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days. Refer to the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for more information.

We welcome cancellations at any time – you can do so through Eventbrite, through the link in your registration confirmation email, or by contacting morgan@youngagrarians.org. Please let us know if you aren’t able to attend. If provincial health guidelines for events change, we may cancel the event and you will be notified by email.

AVIAN FLU PROTOCOLS: To prevent the spread of the current avian flu, if you keep poultry or have visited a farm or household that does, please wash your boots before coming onto the property.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This event is free and open to everyone! Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home. Join our Young Agrarians Central North Facebook Group to stay up to date with all events. Sign up for our e-newsletter to get events and opportunities for your region delivered straight to your inbox.

SHARE: Planning on joining us? Invite your friends and share the Facebook event!

ABOUT THE LAND OPPORTUNITY AT LEGRAND FARM

Nestled in an oxbow of the Fraser River, Legrand Farm consists of 40+ acres of hay, 5 acres of pasture adjacent to the residence, and the remaining acreage in rough pasture and forest. The land is home to mixed livestock including sheep, cows, and poultry, and small scale vegetable production. They generate their own electricity via 2 creeks running through the property. Legrand Farm has a land opportunity listed with the B.C. Land Matching Program. Learn more below.

This opportunity would be well suited to a couple or small family looking to settle in the valley and work on independent or collaborative farming projects. There is a market garden on site, and diverse infrastructure for crops and livestock. Depending on the scale and needs of the incoming farmers, off-farm work may be needed, or there is opportunity to discuss a combination of rent and work-trade in exchange for help with the current operation, infrastructure projects, and maintenance. Having good neighbours who are able to look out for each other, and the farm, is a priority.

While the land base is actively being used by the current owners, not all the fields are fully utilized and there is capacity to bring on some more animals, or section off an area for additional vegetable and crop production. Livestock preference would be for sheep, cows or other small, diverse livestock like poultry.

The landholders occupy the main residence on the farm but there is a second 2-bedroom home with ample space.

This land opportunity is part of the B.C. Land Matching Program. If you are interested in this land opportunity, please contact morgan@youngagrarians.org.

Learn more about the land opportunity here.

ABOUT THE Robson Valley Music Festival

Looking for an amazing weekend full of music, land access and community? The highly sought after Robson Valley Music Festival is being held August 12-14. It’s a family friendly celebration of music, art and community! Check out the lineup here. If you want to get to know the area, attending the music festival and joining our roundtable discussion there is a great place to start. Then we recommend coming out to the Land Social to see what farmland is available too.

Please note, you will need a music festival ticket to join us for the roundtable discussion at the festival. However you don’t need a festival ticket to join us for the Land Social and Farm Tour – just register via the eventbrite link above.

ABOUT FOODLANDS CO-OPERATIVE OF B.C.

The Foodlands Cooperative of BC is a member-powered provincial cooperative that facilitates the capacity building of community groups to make land accessible and secure for food provisioning. The Foodlands Cooperative upholds and advances the public interest for sustainable land use and provides tools for the protection and stewardship of food providing lands across BC.

Learn more about Foodlands and Community Farms here.

GOT LAND? WANT LAND?

Through the B.C. Land Matching Program, Young Agrarians offers support to farmers looking for land for their farm business, and landholders looking for farmers to farm their land. We’ve made more than 230 matches on over 9,670 acres to date! The Central North Land Matcher will be attending the event to answer any questions the B.C. Land Matching Program. For those unable to join us, you can send a message to morgan@youngagrarians.org for more information.

The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in the Central & Northern B.C. by the Province of British Columbia, with support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC.

2 thoughts on “AUG 13, 2022: MCBRIDE, BC – LAND ACCESS AT THE ROBSON VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL!

  1. Hi There ( Morgan?). Mark Fisher here. I would love to join the morning session at the Robson Festival. I’ve had many forms of land share, crop share, joint farm projects over the years I can share…. and still want to chat about something more formal. I dont’ want to do the farm tour unfortunately. I want to stay put at the festival for the weekend. I wasn’t sure how to sign up for just the morning so just sending this message. Thanks.

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your interest! If you’re already attending the festival, there’s no need to register for the roundtable, you can just show up.

      Your experience sounds like it will be a valuable addition to the conversation!

      Cheers,
      Michi

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