All posts by Darcy Smith

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 Acres Prime Pasture, Westbridge BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 21, 2019

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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

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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

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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

What’s New with Bill 52: Changes to the ALR

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 11, 2019

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The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was established in 1973 to protect 4.7 million hectares of land in BC for agriculture – less than 5% of the province’s total land base. The ALR is managed by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). In 2018, there was a comprehensive review of the ALR, which led to recommendations to update the regulations on how farmland is managed in BC. We’ve pulled together the updates – check it out below! On February 22, 2019, the Agricultural Land Reserve General Regulation and Agricultural Land Reserve Use Regulation were approved by B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor in Council, bringing … Continue reading What’s New with Bill 52: Changes to the ALR

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

Posted by Darcy Smith on January 18, 2019

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Young Agrarians BC is hiring a Land Matcher for the Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley region! Are you a connector? An intuitive networker? That person in your friend group who always has the dirt on hot jobs and cool apartments? 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 needs people with that magic matchmaking quality to connect farmers seeking land … Continue reading POSITION FILLED – JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS LAND MATCHER – METRO VAN/FRASER VALLEY

FEB 2: SQUAMISH-LILLOOET LAND LINK – WHISTLER, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on December 05, 2018

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SQUAMISH-LILLOOET LAND LINKING WORKSHOP Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019   |  1-6pm Location: Whistler Athletes’ Centre (Multi Purpose Room) – 1080 Legacy Way, Whistler, B.C. Stl’atl’imc, Lil’wat & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Territory Refreshments & snacks provided. Please RSVP: Register now – and don’t forget to join the Facebook Land Linking event and share with your community! You can offer or request ride sharing in the Facebook event discussion, too.  Questions about this event, or about the B.C. Land Matching Program? Reach out to our Community Manager Michalina Hunter at community@youngagrarians.org. Land Linking Workshop: Networking, Land Access Arrangements, B.C. Land Matching Program & Expert Panel! … Continue reading FEB 2: SQUAMISH-LILLOOET LAND LINK – WHISTLER, BC

NOV 17: LAND LINK – LANGLEY, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 22, 2018

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METRO VANCOUVER – FRASER VALLEY LAND LINKING WORKSHOP Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018   |  1-6pm Location: George Preston Recreation Centre (Room C), 20699 42 Ave, Langley, B.C. Kwantlen, Katzie, & Semiahmoo Territory Please RSVP: Register now – and don’t forget to join the Facebook Land Linking event and share with your community! Questions about this event, or about the B.C. Land Matching Program? Reach out to our Metro Vancouver – Fraser Valley Land Matcher Susheela at susheela@youngagrarians.org. Land Linking Workshop: Networking, Land Access Arrangements, B.C. Land Matching Program & Expert Panel! WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a … Continue reading NOV 17: LAND LINK – LANGLEY, BC

JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 04, 2018

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CONTRACT POSITION: Are you a born storyteller who can plant a seed with a sentence? Do you dream up creative ideas, and live for sharing them with the world? Can you think big picture, then bring your vision to life through language and images? Are you always up on the latest trends in social media? Can you multi-task multiple memes and campaigns, to create meaningful engagement with audiences? If you’re a communications whiz with farming in your heart, Young Agrarians is looking for you! We are seeking a dynamic person capable of taking a leadership role to tell the story … Continue reading JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

BC Organic Grower: BC Plant Health Laboratory

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 02, 2018

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Plant Health Diagnostic Support for BC Producers By Emma Holmes, P.Ag This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of the BC Organic Grower. While we always hope that every farmer has a successful season and bountiful harvests, the reality is that there are endless factors to potentially derail those harvests. For me, the hardest part of farming was finding my crops decimated by pests or struggling to survive after getting hit with a disease. My heart sank when I found my previously healthy cucurbits drooping and turning brown in the greenhouse one morning and I felt panic when … Continue reading BC Organic Grower: BC Plant Health Laboratory

JOB: COABC Communications Coordinator

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 01, 2018

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The Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) is seeking someone passionate about communications and organic food for the role of Communications Coordinator. This role is ideal for someone with existing media relationships and PR experience who can dive headfirst into sharing the story of organic in BC! The communications coordinator will communicate and promote the work and mandate of the COABC and organic both within the sector and to consumers. The ideal candidate will possess: Ability to be proactive to support the needs of COABC team members and organic community Ability to take responsibility to meet deadlines and make progress … Continue reading JOB: COABC Communications Coordinator