LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3+ acres for small livestock on a mixed farm – Denman Island, BC

Posted by Kiyomi Ito on May 29, 2024

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TreeEater Farm and Nursery is a small family farm on 40 acres on Denman Island. The landholders care about food, making more food and empowering others to do the same. They maintain a large annual garden, laying hens, several acres of orchard and rough pasture that is inter-planted with young nut trees, in addition to managing a unique edible perennial nursery.

The majority of the 10 acres of cleared land is currently in use by the landholders, but within these 10 acres there is potential to use and improve several acres of underutilized rough pasture. The uncultivated 30 acres of mix of young forest and browse can also be accessed for additional forage.

Most of the land is classified as dry shale loam but there are alternating swales of heavy black silt soil. A well and pond can supply a limited, but sufficient amount of water for livestock. Because of the limitations in arable soil and summer water capacity, more vegetable growing is not a good fit for this land.


The landholders are looking for ways to expand the productive capacity of the land by having other farmers pursue complementary projects to their farm and nursery. Their primary interest is in facilitating a goat, sheep or compact cattle forage system for milk and/or meat. Bees would also do well here with the diversity of the trees being grown on the property.

Outside of physical farming, the landholders also offer educational programming and are interested in expanding the scope of this. The well-established edible plant nursery and a small-scale forestry business are both open to collaborators. Overall, the landholders want to continue to build a community and education hub around responsible land use and local food production.

There is a rental cabin available on site for the farmer(s) to join this community!


The ideal candidate is a community-minded farmer who wants to live on the property and is serious about doing some farming! There are many possibilities for collaboration, and it is important that the new farming is complementary to the landholders current projects.


This land opportunity is available through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Reach out to the Vancouver Island Land Matcher at 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

The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, with additional support from Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.