Blog Category: Transition

KELOWNA, BC: Urban Farm Business for Sale

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 01, 2021 2 Comments

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Wise Earth Farm in Kelowna, BC is looking to sell their 2 acre urban farm business! We are looking for an immediate sale of a successful, turn key small scale (2 acre) urban farm located in Kelowna for $125,000. We would like to hire the buyer ASAP (individual or a couple) and train them to successfully learn and take over all aspects of the operation by the fall of 2021. It’s a great opportunity for an individual or a couple with some farming experience that are looking to own and run their own farm business. Wage for this season would … Continue reading KELOWNA, BC: Urban Farm Business for Sale

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

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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

MARCH 3, 2021: Planning for Non-Family Farm Transition

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 26, 2021

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Join Darcy Smith for a webinar on Non-Family Farm Transition with the BC Ministry of Agriculture! Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00pm Presenter: Darcy Smith, Young Agrarians Register: Register here Webinar Description: This webinar provides both current and entering farmers with a framework for understanding transition of farms and farmland outside the family, along with information and considerations about different possible pathways to non-family transition. In this webinar, Darcy will introduce concepts and tools to apply to alternative farm transition, from setting a vision to identifying models and assessing feasibility, as well as case stories that … Continue reading MARCH 3, 2021: Planning for Non-Family Farm Transition

JAN 12, 2021: Farm Transition Appreciation Day

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 05, 2021

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The first-ever Farm Transition Appreciation Day (FTADay) is taking place online and on farms across Canada on January 12, 2021! What is Farm Transition Appreciation Day? FTADay celebrates all the steps in farm transition planning – from encouraging the first conversations to signing your wills. No matter where families are on the transition journey, all generations of farmers can take advantage of the free learning opportunities being offered by experts on farm transition planning and communication issues on Jan 12. These virtual webinars are organized by Farm Management Canada, sponsored by Farm Life Financials and with offerings from many in … Continue reading JAN 12, 2021: Farm Transition Appreciation Day

FARM TRANSITION OPPORTUNITY: 38 Acre Mixed Vegetable Farm for Sale – Parksville, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on December 18, 2020

1477 Hodges Drive $1,699,000 This 38-acre farm has been successfully farmed for the past 7 years by organic mixed vegetable farms Salt and Harrow and Heart Beet Farm. Approximately 20 acres of the property is cultivated, and about 18 acres is wooded. Centrally located between Parksville and Qualicum, with the popular Qualicum Beach Farmer’s market,  this farm is a part of  a thriving agricultural community. Two operational drilled wells provide the water for the property – one feeds a pond and then irrigates the entire 20 acres of cultivated area by way of 3-inch pvc pipe, the other services the … Continue reading FARM TRANSITION OPPORTUNITY: 38 Acre Mixed Vegetable Farm for Sale – Parksville, BC

*NEW* B.C. TRANSITION TOOLKIT FOR NON-FAMILY FARM TRANSFER

Posted by Michalina Hunter on November 09, 2020

It’s here! We are very excited to release the Young Agrarians B.C. Transition Toolkit for Non-Family Farm Transfer. It’s a resource kit for anyone curious about – or neck-deep in – alternative ways to transition land and farms from one generation to the next. Accessing land for farming can be challenging to say the least. Over the last seven years that we’ve been offering land access support, we’ve heard stories from seasoned farmers struggling to see a way to pass their farm on to the next generation, and from the next generation struggling to find a way into agriculture.  Fortunately … Continue reading *NEW* B.C. TRANSITION TOOLKIT FOR NON-FAMILY FARM TRANSFER

LAND FORUM NOV 9-19, 2020 – ONLINE!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 16, 2020 5 Comments

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Every fall, our land matchers look forward to our Land Linking Workshops, where we gather land seekers and landholders to network and talk land access. While we’re not meeting in person this year, we’re excited to offer our first annual online Land Forum!  WHEN: November 9 -19th, 2020  WHERE: Online on unceded Indigenous territories across what is today known as B.C. Join us from the comfort of your couch, office, tractor, compost heap – wherever you find yourself able to tune in! RSVP: Register for the Land Forum and you’ll get access to links for all the webinars. Register for … Continue reading LAND FORUM NOV 9-19, 2020 – ONLINE!

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

Customer Relationships During Farm Transition

Posted by Hailey Troock on October 06, 2020

Photo credit: Sole Food Street Farms Successful customer relationships are at the heart of successful businesses. Informing customers and nurturing these relationships during the transition period (and before!) is crucial for a smooth transfer.  Many farms sell their products through a variety of sales channels. Indirect sales occur when sales are Business-to-Business (B2B), and the customer is a buyer from a store or distributor, rather than the end consumer. Direct sales channels occur when a farm is selling directly to the person who consumes the products (B2C), and may include Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, farmgate and online sales.  Your approach to … Continue reading Customer Relationships During Farm Transition