All posts by Jolene Swain

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Historic farm on the goldrush trail, Likely BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on April 13, 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 A beautiful 80 acre parcel in Likely BC looking for new occupants! The land was originally occupied by Chinese farmers and was on the original Likely/Barkerville gold rush trail. A lot of great history in an amazing community. The property is on the bench directly above the Cariboo River and a third of the property is fenced pasture with a large garden with some fruit trees – looking … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Historic farm on the goldrush trail, Likely BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Market Garden opportunity at Snowshoe Creek Organics, Robson Valley BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on April 06, 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 For fifteen years, Crescent Spur Snowshoe Creek Organics owners, Charles & Elizabeth, have made the Robson Valley their garden home. The property is a 500-acre farm, bordered by the Fraser River along the south and surrounded by the Cariboo and Rocky Mountain ranges. There is a diversity of habitat to support many species of wildlife: large predators and ungulates, many species of waterfowl and predatory birds. Ample opportunities … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Market Garden opportunity at Snowshoe Creek Organics, Robson Valley BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Cleared farm land just outside Terrace, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on March 22, 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 Just north of Terrace, BC these south facing fields are fenced and bursting with opportunity. This parcel could have up to 2-3 available acres of cleared fields with 1.3 acres of fenced pasture. Flat, south facing mountain side land includes fenced pasture and fields, surrounded by mountains with no shortage of water from the mountain streams. Previous owner had orchid trees and grew various nursery plants and trees. … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Cleared farm land just outside Terrace, BC

Beyond the Market: Selling to Retailers

Posted by Jolene Swain on March 18, 2021

Have you outgrown the farmers’ market? Can you produce more than you can sell direct to customers? Are you ready to branch out to retailers? Here are some tips and tricks from retailers and producers to help assess your readiness and provide some considerations when it comes to moving your product beyond the market. Flexible farm business incubators Farmers’ Markets are a great incubator for local producers to fine tune their growing practices while building up a customer base and brand. Direct to customer sales offer a short supply chain and forge valuable relationships with the community. Cutting out the … Continue reading Beyond the Market: Selling to Retailers

Hot Crops in a Cold Climate: Tomato Security in Northern BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on January 28, 2021

growing tomatoes in the north hope farm organics

Hope Farm Organics grows vegetables near Willow River, BC, one hour outside of Prince George. The farm operates under a co-operative model, sharing resources, knowledge, skills and tools, to grow a diverse number of crops, foraged wild products and value-added products for the local markets. Tomato Production in Zone 3 Farming in the North is not for the faint at heart. Late frosts, early frosts, arctic fronts bringing in -30 °C hard freezes – how do they do it?! Many crops (think brassicas, root crops, potatoes, etc) readily adapt to the short, intense northern summer, where long summer days more … Continue reading Hot Crops in a Cold Climate: Tomato Security in Northern BC

Protein for the People: Regenerative Poultry Project Grows Food Sovereignty

Posted by Jolene Swain on January 25, 2021 1 Comment

The Power of Feeding Ourselves Concerns over food security in the Gitxsan Nation started well before the pandemic. During the Festival of What Works (full video below), Shannon McPhail of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition shared concerns she heard from the Gitwangak hereditary chiefs of dwindling salmon runs and declining moose populations: “We need another option, whether it’s to give these stocks a break, or whether it’s a dark future where we can’t rely on them anymore.” Finding an alternative protein source for the region took shape in the form of a regenerative poultry project, as a way to strengthen the … Continue reading Protein for the People: Regenerative Poultry Project Grows Food Sovereignty

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Bio-diverse farmstead and fields near Quesnel, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on December 17, 2020 2 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 131.5 acre parcel is just a 10 minute drive north of the City of Quesnel, in the Ten Mile Lake area. Approximately 50+/- acres are cleared and have been used for both pasture and forage with the potential to clear further acres of immature pine and poplar stands. The farm was most  recently leased for forage and garlic production. In 2020, approximately 60+ round bales were taken … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Bio-diverse farmstead and fields near Quesnel, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 acres of cleared river valley land near Terrace, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on December 16, 2020

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 Situated in the Greater Terrace area, this prime land is near the confluence of the Skeena and Zygomatitz Rivers. Historically used for hay and potato production, the property is currently home to a variety of fruit trees and berry bushes as well as the early stages of some vegetable gardens. Of the 22 acres, around 10 is cleared with potential for cultivation, grazing, market gardening or orchards – … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 acres of cleared river valley land near Terrace, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Farmstead opportunity in the Robson Valley, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on December 04, 2020

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 Nestled in an oxbow of the Fraser River, this 148 acres in the stunning Robson Valley 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 and small scale vegetable production, including sheep, cows, and poultry. Apart from the main residence, there is a second 2 bedroom home … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Farmstead opportunity in the Robson Valley, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 160 acres cleared land south of Prince George

Posted by Jolene Swain on October 07, 2020 2 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 Remote yet accessible to the airport and nearby amenities, this 160 acre parcel was cleared in the past couple years and features wild hay, grasses, and a good mix of shrubs for browsing. Surrounded by hills and mountains, the land also features a rivers, streams and the western border is a small lake and wetland. To the east is the larger Red Rock Lake. Accessible by a well … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 160 acres cleared land south of Prince George