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ABOUT THE LAND
This 5 acre parcel of ALR land located in the gorgeous south Similkameen Valley was previously an organic vineyard, however the land is not well suited for grapes, as the water table is too high and all the vines were lost in a cold winter. The current owners, Debora and Gordon, purchased the land 3 years ago and have had the grapes removed, and tilled and cover cropped and have since been maintaining the 3 acre growing space in meadow grass. The property is fully deer fenced and irrigated with an automated overhead system. The soil is slightly alkaline at 7.8 pH. The land was river bottom so soil is variable, very deep in some places, small stones in others – overall very healthy though. The region is classified as a Zone 5 growing area and the farmable area gets excellent, all day sun exposure.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The place has a peace to it and the land owners are lovingly and successfully cultivating beautiful vegetables, nut and fruit trees, edible perennials, and flowers with the surrounding landscape adding inspirational interest. They are open to the possibility of the leasing farmers living on the land in a trailer or some kind of mobile home and there is a place that could be set up with water, power and septic for such an arrangement. The property is well equipped with tractor, forks, mowers, etc, and their use and maintenance could possibly be agreed upon.
There are useful outbuildings available for use as storage space, a pack/wash house, chicken coops…use your imagination! The land owners goal is to support new farmers and see the land flourish, and are open to creative and collaborative ideas for making this happen. It is important that the new farmers have aligned values around regenerative and organic practices. The ideal candidate(s) will integrate on the land in healthy ways, be well balanced, respectful folks with integrity and solid work ethic. The owners hope a mutually supportive arrangement will continue to develope over time, adapting and allowing for changing needs and conditions such that a long term relationship can thrive, benefiting not only those using the land, but the local community as well.
Cawston has been coined the organic farming capital of Canada. The vibe is social, with an amazing scene, lots of culture and a strong, cross-supporting, inclusive community. There are opportunities for mentorship from nearby supportive farmers who may be keen to help.
There are useful outbuildings available for use that could be used as storage space, a pack/wash house, chicken coops…use your imagination! The land owners goal is to support new farmers and see the land flourish. It is important that the new farmer have aligned values around regenerative and organic practices. The ideal candidate(s) will integrate on the land in healthy ways, be well balanced, respectful folks with integrity and solid work ethic.
Cawston has been coined the organic farming capitol of Canada. The vibe is very social, with amazing music scene, lots of culture and strong, cross-supporting ,inclusive community. Their are plenty of opportunities for mentorship from many nearby supportive older farmers who are always keen to help.
GET IN TOUCH!
This land opportunity is participating in the BC Land Matching Program. Get in touch with the Okanagan Land Matcher, Tessa, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Check out the UMap Listing at : https://maps.youngagrarians.org/locations/56301-3-GORGEOUS-ACRES-IN-CAWSTON-BC
To learn more about the BC Land Matching Program and other land opportunities, visit https://youngagrarians.org/tools/land/
The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in the Okanagan by the Province of British Columbia, with support from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. and the Regional District of North Okanagan.