LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1 Acre with Market Garden, Fruit Trees, Greenhouses and more – Ladysmith, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on December 16, 2021

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ABOUT THE LAND

This productive, well maintained mixed 1 acre farm is looking for a leasing farmer to continue to steward the land. All natural practices have been used throughout.

Access is from road at the south end of the property, and the farmable space runs to the north – approximately 400 feet long, including space occupied by small outbuildings and greenhouses in the centre of the farm. Cultivatable areas are on average about 70 feet wide.

The first, approximately 0.27 acre “south garden” is half vegetable beds, deeply mulched with compost and with wood-chipped paths, and half orchard (apple, plum, pear, cherry trees as well as some blueberries) which is also home to 90 laying hens and a couple of geese. There are also five highly productive beehives in the space. There is very little weed pressure as the space has been intensively managed. No till practices have been used for the last few years in this garden and the owners would prefer the space continue to be managed this way.

Behind the south garden are two small poly-tunnel/greenhouses, a shop building with hot water and power, work benches and a variety of tools, a seed starting room and additional storage sheds, all available for use by the leasing farmer.

Next is an approximately 0.21 acre “middle garden”. About 1/3 is planted with blueberries, blackcurrants and thornless blackberries. This garden is less intensively managed, with potential for more production here.

At the north end of the acre for lease is forest with a seasonal creek creating the northern boundary. Pigs or other livestock could be run through this space if desired by the farmer.

The landholders home is on the portion of the property beyond the space for lease, with their own access at the other end of the property. Ecological reserve is beyond.

Power is available at each section of the area for lease, and a drip irrigation system is set up throughout. Water for the property is from a well which must be used mindfully. Cisterns could be brought onto the land to increase capacity from the well and to capture rainwater.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

The landholders started the operation 7 years ago, and now need to focus on other projects so are looking for a dedicated grower with a business plan and ability to make full use of the space. Farm status must be maintained by the leasing grower.

This operation can be passed on to the next farmer as a turn key operation, complete with laying hens, bee hives, an established customer base and permanent farm stand. The landholders are happy to provide some mentorship if desired by the leasing farmer.

A walk-behind Grillo tractor with tiller and chipper would be available for the farmer’s use, as well as other tools and equipment.

A lease term of three years could be a starting point, with longer term potential if the agreement is working well for all parties. There is potential for a respectful grower to live on the land – to be discussed.

GET IN TOUCH

This land opportunity is available through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Reach out to the Vancouver Island Land Matcher at azja@youngagrarians.org to start a conversation and learn about next steps.

Learn more about the land (and other Land Listings in your region) on the Young Agrarians UMAP. For more about the B.C. Land Matching Program, please visit youngagrarians.org/land

The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded on Vancouver Island by the Province of British Columbia, with support from Cowichan Valley Regional District and Patagonia.

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