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ABOUT THE LAND
This 4+ acre previously certified organic farm includes a 2-acre stone fruit (peaches/plums) orchard and 2+ acres of rich arable land available to be cultivated. Located in Peachland, BC, the orchard currently produces stone fruit for sale to master chefs in the Central Okanagan and Peachland Farmers Market. The land, which is on the unceded territory of Sylix People of the Okanagan Nation, has been farmed by the current owners since 2008 and was certified with Living Earth Organic Growers Association (LEOGA) from 2009 to 2012, organic standards have been maintained for the last eight years and records maintained to confirm these ongoing practices. Unusual for the Okanagan Valley, there are no rocks in the soils throughout the acreage, due in part to the extensive orchards maintained from 1975-2005, making it amenable for annual crops. The soil is excellent and given the slope it is well drained and no frost pockets. The property is fully irrigated by District of Peachland water.
There is a shed on site for storage connected to the tractor shed, a glass-block potting shed, a chicken coop, and three chick brooding coops. Additional tool sheds, hoophouses and other temporary infrastructure necessary for farm operations are permitted. Free-range meat birds have been pastured each season. The farmland is fully perimeter fenced and gated with 8-foot deer fencing.
If the farmer wants to engage WWOOFERS/willing workers during the season to assist in farm work, there is a 19’ vintage travel trailer with small kitchenette that sleeps two. There is a solar shower and hand washing station and composting toilet on-site. (Below please find a description of the on site housing opportunity for the farmer(s).)
The owners are including all necessary well-maintained equipment to manage the farm including: Kubota tractor with frontend loader and back hoe, a rototiller, lawn tractor, Toro lawn mower, Stihl weed whacker. Although there are orchard ladders, the majority of the trees have been pruned to make the job easier and safer for pickers.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Their goal of the owners, who live on the farm and are open and affirming of all lifestyles, backgrounds and beliefs, is to continue to see the land farmed organically and responsibly. The ideal candidate(s) will have past orchard and crop experience and a desire to cultivate more produce bringing the farm to full fruition with certified organic farming practices. Additionally, as the owners are located on the property, they are open to discussing providing additional support, as a valuable and knowledgeable resource.
The owners have had supplemental income and careers in addition to the farm income and they are now ready to retire. The owners recognize potential candidates may be interested in diversifying production to other crops. They are open to discussing future alternative plantings and both short and, preferably, long-term lease options. Be prepared to share your farming experience and how you might fit into a cooperative farming opportunity with the owners who will be reducing their involvement overtime.
The farm is located above the lovely town of Peachland in the heart of the Okanagan Valley at the end of a long dirt lane on the Princeton Bench above Deep Creek. The farmer(s) will be invited to rent The Cottage, a separate building with its own entrance right off the drive. It is a spacious 400 sq. ft. studio and large balcony with stunning views of the southern Okanagan Valley. It has been rated a 5 star accommodation on AirBnb. This rental accommodation can be included in the lease agreement if the farmer(s) choose to live on the farm.
The owners are seeking a farmer who wants to make a longer-term commitment of five to ten years. The owners are also open to discussing the possibility of a transition of ownership.
This is a perfect opportunity for someone who shares in organic values and wants a healthy farming lifestyle in one of the most beautiful locations in the Okanagan Valley.
GET IN TOUCH!
This land opportunity is participating in the BC Land Matching Program. Get in touch with the Okanagan Land Matcher, Tessa, at email@example.com for more information.
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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.