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ABOUT THE LAND
This bio-diverse land (60-acres in total), from the early 1970’s until 2004, was the homestead of the co-founders of the international Greenpeace movement (Jim and Marie Bohlen), and was named “The Greenpeace Farm”. For the past 18 years, it was “The Hermitage” – a Buddhist retreat and meditation practice centre. The land offered space for a community garden and potato patch for the locals.
In 2022, the Nature Nurture Refuge became the new steward of the land, with a vision to continue as a venue for spiritual growth and healing in conjunction with developing a farming operation that nourishes participants of the retreat centre as well as the community.
The property has a sizable barn (with a loft and shared living amenities), a fenced-in orchard (apples and plums), 2 fenced-in gardening areas (approximately 0.5 acres total) that could be expanded.
The land is known to be very fertile with abundant water from the well that could be supplemented by a rain collection system (a small system currently exists).
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
This is a unique opportunity for a family, couple, and/or individuals, who are passionate about producing organic plant-based food (and possibly medicines) and applying permaculture philosophy to be an integral part of the Nature Nurture Refuge vision.
An ideal arrangement includes the farmer(s) producing vegetables sufficient to nourish the guests attending retreats (primarily between May and September) as well as providing opportunities for retreatants to engage in therapeutic nature nurturing activities (including gardening) as part of their retreat. The vision includes chickens (for eggs) and bees (for honey) as well as animals for animal-assisted therapy. The land has extensive older growth forest where forging of edible plants and medicinals is possible.
The landholder’s preference would be to offer this opportunity to individuals from marginalized populations who can demonstrate a commitment to waking in consciousness and being in service to alleviating suffering in the world. The personal energy and shared intentions are the most important in this match, as the farm is to be an integral part of the Refuge.
Housing options for “young agrarians”:
- There is a newly renovated all-season 2 bedroom mobile home for rent.
- The barn offers a bedroom, and shared kitchen, shower, and bathroom (ready in spring 2023).
- RV or tiny house can also be accommodated.
GET IN TOUCH
This land opportunity is available through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Reach out to the Vancouver Island Land Matcher at email@example.com to start a conversation and learn about next steps.
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.