All posts by Darcy Smith

TRANSITION CASE STORY: LOHBRUNNER COMMUNITY FARM

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 16, 2021

Transition land trust - Lohbrunner Community Farm Coop members and Heather Pritchard are gathered on a snow bank with a forest in the background. Heather is holding a bunch of garlic.

THE COMBINED POWER OF CO-OPS AND TRUSTS at LOHBRUNNER COMMUNITY FARM, Vancouver Island, B.C. When community, co-ops and land trusts come together to save a piece of land, amazing things happen! This is the story of a farm that was saved by community support—and will be stewarded into the future by a co-operative. Located in Langford on Southern Vancouver Island, Lohbrunner Community Farm is a 13-acre farm held in trust by FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF), and managed by a co-operative of farmers and community members. The original farm homestead was an oasis of mixed fields, forest and wetlands tucked away in … Continue reading TRANSITION CASE STORY: LOHBRUNNER COMMUNITY FARM

Transition Case Story: GOOD EARTH FARM

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 08, 2021 5 Comments

Young Agrarians transition - A young man and an elder woman are seated together smiling at the camera

COMMUNITY LENDING  at GOOD EARTH FARM, Gabriola Island, B.C. What are you to do when you want to buy the farm but don’t qualify for a traditional mortgage? This is a story about how relationships and community can come together to support the next generation to buy the farm through private lending. Located on Gabriola Island, just off the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Good Earth Farm produces mixed vegetables on about three acres using regenerative growing practices. The original farmers, Rosheen Holland and Bob Shields, founded the farm in 1993 and ran it together for 22 years until … Continue reading Transition Case Story: GOOD EARTH FARM

LEASED – Land Opportunity: 1/4 acre Market garden for lease in Abbotsford

Posted by Darcy Smith on January 14, 2021

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This farm-within-a-farm is 0.25 acres of market garden space tucked away on a successful pastured poultry farm. There are established beds that have been cultivated with mixed vegetable crops in previous years, as well as a 20×20 greenhouse for planting and storage. The area is set up with an irrigation system, and the soil is healthy and nutrient-rich. There is a shared cold storage space that would be made … Continue reading LEASED – Land Opportunity: 1/4 acre Market garden for lease in Abbotsford

LAND & WORK-TRADE OPPORTUNITY: 5-ACRE FARM IN SOUTH SURREY

Posted by Darcy Smith on January 06, 2021 5 Comments

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This is a unique opportunity for a work-for-rent arrangement where rent would be paid for by providing labour on our 5-acre farm. We are seeking a property/farm caretaker who will help undertake basic animal husbandry duties and general property maintenance in exchange for highly reduced or complimentary rent. We operate a small, environmentally certified, hobby farm with sheep, goats, bees, pigs, chickens and other exotic birds on 5 … Continue reading LAND & WORK-TRADE OPPORTUNITY: 5-ACRE FARM IN SOUTH SURREY

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: 12pm Monday, Nov 9, 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

Transition Case Story: CLAREMONT RANCH ORGANICS

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 06, 2020

VENDOR TAKE-BACK MORTGAGE – CLAREMONT RANCH ORGANICS Qualifying for a mortgage in order to purchase land for farming through a traditional lending institution can be a daunting barrier to many new farmers. This is a story about how two generations of farmers can work together to transfer land through creative financing solutions. Claremont Ranch Organics is a 7.75-acre mixed-fruit organic orchard located in Lake Country, B.C. Bob McCoubrey, who had wanted to farm since university, bought the farm in 1974 with his wife Sharon. He became discouraged with conventional agriculture, as he began to see the impact of chemical use on … Continue reading Transition Case Story: CLAREMONT RANCH ORGANICS

Transition Case Story: Horse Lake Farm Co-op

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 05, 2020 1 Comment

TURNING A FARM INTO A CO-OP – HORSE LAKE FARM CO-OPERATIVE For current farmers who value the community they’ve built on their land, the thought of selling the farm may be out of question. Turning a farm business into a co-operative, especially one that will eventually own the land, can be a way to formalize the community approach to farming and ensure the land will be available for future generations of farmers. This is a story about how co-operative structures can provide a long-term sustainable solution to transition.  This story begins in the 1970’s with a group of folks active … Continue reading Transition Case Story: Horse Lake Farm Co-op

Transition Case Story: Madrona Farm

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 05, 2020

PUTTING FARMLAND INTO TRUST – MADRONA FARM It’s easy to say that farmland should be preserved for future generations – and a whole other thing to make that happen! This story is an example of how community support can bridge the divide between an altruistic vision to preserve farmland and a family’s realistic financial needs. Madrona Farm produces ecologically grown vegetables and works towards natural ecosystem restoration of the land, which is on unceded territory of the Songhees First Nation in the Blenkinsop Valley on Southern Vancouver Island’s Saanich peninsula. The land had been owned by the Chambers family since … Continue reading Transition Case Story: Madrona Farm

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!