LAND OPPORTUNITY: One Acre Turn-Key Productive Market Garden – Courtenay, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on June 21, 2022

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ABOUT THE LAND

A one acre established market garden is available for lease in the Comox Valley. This plot is currently under production will be available to new growers for the 2023 or 2024 season. It is irrigated, fenced, fertile, has neutral ph, great sun exposure and road/highway access.

The owners have been running a successful market garden onsite for eight years and have set up lots of infrastructure. The annual lease of around $8000- $9000 would include: 1 acre field, walk-in cooler, wash station, storage space, one 20’ x 25’ heated propagation house, one 24’ x 75’ unheated high tunnel, use of BCS (walk-behind tractor), existing irrigation system, Jang seeder, crop supports such as trellis, landscape fabric, silage tarps, hoops for row-cover and various hand tools.

The land has been farmed under organic certification and low-till techniques since 2015. The owners would like to see it farmed with a high regard for soil health. Organic and regenerative practices welcome. Owners live onsite and would expect the leased area to be kept reasonably tidy.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

The space is suitable for intensive production of mixed vegetables, herbs, flowers, garlic. Poultry is a possibility although there is no infrastructure in place. There is not enough space for livestock or expansion of the garden.

There is an above-barn 2 bedroom apartment potentially available for rent which would be separate from the farm lease. The farm is located on the island highway just a few kilometres north of Courtenay, so living off-farm in town would be a short commute.

The ideal farmers/leasers have some farm management experience or at least commercial growing experience and are ready to make the most of this productive garden. The owners and previous farmers live on site and are available for some mentoring. A clean-cut full lease with infrastructure would be the simplest arrangement, but owners are open to discussing other options such as business sharing, profit share, etc. Existing website, customer lists, seed collection, established raspberry patch and more are also up for discussion.

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 the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.

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