All posts by Darcy Smith

JOB OPPORTUNITY: METRO VAN LAND MATCHER

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 15, 2020

Four sheep with text We're hiring! B.C. Land Matching Program

Young Agrarians is hiring a new Land Matcher for the Lower Mainland. Do you thrive working with people from diverse walks of life? Are you a networker and connector? If you’ve got that magic matchmaker quality – equal parts people skills, passion for local food systems, and computer-savvy project manager – we’d love to hear from you.  Region: Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Deadline for Applications: 5pm Monday, Nov 2, 2020. This position will start when we find the right candidate.  Young Agrarians is an educational resource network for new and young farmers in Canada that launched in 2012. In 2016, Young … Continue reading JOB OPPORTUNITY: METRO VAN LAND MATCHER

Sparkly Eyes, Grit, and Land Access: New Organic Farmers on Leased Land

Posted by Darcy Smith on July 05, 2020 2 Comments

This article was originally published in the BC Organic Grower Summer 2020 and is shared here with thanks! Spring on an organic produce farm looks like baby greens, tiny radishes, overflowing seedling greenhouses, and freshly turned soil. Everything feels precious and new and brimming with possibility. Touring around Loveland Acres in Salmon Arm with farmers Robin and Maylene, those feelings were especially palpable and poignant since it’s their first season on the land. They’ve had a long journey getting here, one filled with familiar challenges and dreams. The other familiar things these farmers have are sparkly eyes and grit, ineffable … Continue reading Sparkly Eyes, Grit, and Land Access: New Organic Farmers on Leased Land

YA U-MAP NOW HAS A SPACE TO CONNECT FOR GARDEN SHARING!

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 20, 2020 7 Comments

We were excited to launch the Young Agrarians U-Map in 2013 as a “one-stop” resource to new farmers to help them find everything from training and jobs, to business planning resources, to suppliers and market opportunities. When we launched the B.C. Land Matching Program in 2016, we upgraded our U-Map so that farmland owners and farmers seeking land could list their detailed visions and needs – anyone across Canada can use the land listings to list or find land. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, we’re seeing a huge growth in people’s desire to grow food for themselves and their families. (And … Continue reading YA U-MAP NOW HAS A SPACE TO CONNECT FOR GARDEN SHARING!

FARM BUSINESS FOR SALE – FOOD PEDALERS, Vancouver BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 17, 2020 2 Comments

Have you been dreaming about launching a farm business or adding to your existing operation? The Food Pedalers, a microgreens business in Vancouver B.C., is now for sale! Read on for more info and reach out to info@foodpedalers.ca if you’re interested. The Food Pedalers started in 2009 as an urban microgreens project by Chris Thoreau and was incorporated as a workers’ co-operative in 2013. Since then the Food Pedalers have sold over 30 tons of microgreens and delivered them by bike across the city to dozens of restaurants, grocers, and households while also cycling and car-sharing our way to local farmers markets over … Continue reading FARM BUSINESS FOR SALE – FOOD PEDALERS, Vancouver BC

2019 Farmland Values Report Recap

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 08, 2020

Each spring, while farmers are waiting for seeds to germinate, I eagerly anticipate the Farmland Values Report published by Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Anyone who’s come out to one of our land linking events will know what a sucker I am for good data – along with the rest of our land matching team! Resources like the Farmland Values Report help us keep up to date on the challenges farmers are facing, and how we can best support. The Farmland Values Report tracks changes in the price of farmland across Canada, as well as by province and region. Increasingly, the cost of … Continue reading 2019 Farmland Values Report Recap

Naturally Good Vibes Farm on Farming Leased Land

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 06, 2020

Kristen of Naturally Good Vibes is a participant in the B.C. Land Matching Program, which 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 the B.C. Land Matching Program page to learn more about the program and to find a Young Agrarians Land Matcher in your region. ~ Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your farm. My name is Kristen Penhall, and I own a sustainable, zero waste-focused farm called Naturally Good Vibes. I have been leasing land for two years and will be … Continue reading Naturally Good Vibes Farm on Farming Leased Land

Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual

Posted by Darcy Smith on November 25, 2019

The Young Agrarians 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 goal of this resource is to 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.  Download the manual here: The YA Water Use & Drainage Manual features everything from technical explanations of irrigation and drainage, to flowcharts helping … Continue reading Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 Acres Prime Pasture, Westbridge BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 21, 2019

ABOUT THE LAND: These 25 acres in Westbridge are located on the West Kettle River with 10 acres of river bottom hay field/pasture. The pasture is located on a flood plain and cultivation poses a serious risk of erosion. Therefore, the land is best suited for permanent sod culture such as pasture or hay production. The soil is gravelly in spots and the rest is beautiful, deep, sandy loam. There is some livestock fencing in place which would have to be added to keep stock out of the river. Pasture would be suitable for hay farming or livestock. There are a lot of mature … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 Acres Prime Pasture, Westbridge BC

JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS LAND MATCHER – METRO VAN/FRASER VALLEY

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 17, 2019

Young Agrarians BC is hiring a Land Matcher for the Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley region! Are you a connector? An intuitive networker? Do complete strangers tell you their life story at the drop of a hat? Did you once set up your friends from college, and now they’ve got kids and you gave a speech at their wedding and they send you a thank you card every year? Young Agrarians is seeking a Land Matcher with that Young Agrarians is seeking a talented communicator and project manager who understands the agricultural landscape to to provide land access “extension services” through the B.C Land … Continue reading JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS LAND MATCHER – METRO VAN/FRASER VALLEY

Cost of Land Just Keeps Going Up: FCC Farmland Values Report

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 07, 2019

Well, the numbers are in – and farmland gets more expensive every year! Farm Credit Canada (FCC) just released the 2018 Farmland Values Report, highlighting the high cost of land in B.C. The average value of Canadian farmland increased 6.6% in 2018, and our fair province is just above the national average at 6.7% – compare that to a 2.7% increase in B.C. in 2017. For new farmers trying to break into the sector, steep land prices effectively shut them out of the farmland real estate market. This means that alternative land access models such as leasing are more important than ever in helping … Continue reading Cost of Land Just Keeps Going Up: FCC Farmland Values Report