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ABOUT THE LAND
This nine-acre plot is a wonderful opportunity to not only take over a farm, but a thriving farm business, too. The available acreage is part of a 15-acre property with two homes, and is situated in the vibrant farming community of southeast Kelowna. About seven of the nine acres are currently planted in haskap berries, with four different varietals present. There are one to two acres of empty space which could be used to plant vegetables and help supplement farm income in the slower months.
The property is fully set-up for the current haskap orchard business, including overhead netting for the fruit bushes, a building facility for harvesting and grading, two refrigerated trailers for sorting and storing, equipment for packaging and grading, a harvester, two tractors, planting equipment, a transplanter, and ploughs. The landholder also leases an off-site facility for the majority of the business’ cold storage needs.
The property has been organic-certified by PACS, and the landholders have been farming it themselves for the last 10 years or so.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
This farm is not just a chance to join a popular and vibrant farming community, but is a rare opportunity to take over a thriving business, with connections, support, and mentorship available to the incoming farmer.
The landholder is retiring from farming, but would like to offer this chance to a younger farmer. He will continue to live on-site and would love to stay involved in the business to provide advice, support, and practical help. He has spent the last decade building this business, including sales channels for fresh and frozen fruits, jams and jellies, and a presence at local markets.
There is enough work for one farmer full-time in this business, with additional help from two to four other people during key harvesting and processing moments. The current landholder has connections with a local chef and commercial kitchen, who take care of creating some of the finished products for market.
The current landholder comes from several generations of Okanagan farmers and understands the challenges and pressures facing young farmers. He is willing to be supportive and flexible around the leasing or purchasing agreement in order to make the transition financially viable for a new farmer.
ABOUT THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
This opportunity would suit a farmer who knows and understands the fruit business and is ready to strike out on their own. The farmer should have a good grasp on farming and business practices, and look forward to working in a mentor-mentee style relationship with the retiring farmer. A creative mind could go far with this project!
GET IN TOUCH!
This land is available through the B.C. Land Matching Program. If you are interested in this land opportunity, please contact the Okanagan Land Matcher, Pascale, at email@example.com with the link to this post, any relevant photos, and a paragraph or two on each of the following:
- About you
- Your farming experience
- Your plans for the land
For more details, check out the UMAP Listing for this property.
To learn more about the BC Land Matching Program and other land opportunities, visit youngagrarians.org/tools/land.
The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in the Okanagan-Thompson 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 the Real Estate Foundation of BC.