OCT 23, 2022: KRESTOVA, BC – Land Social & Tool School at Linden Lane Farms

Posted by Hailey Troock on September 20, 2022

You’re invited to an outdoor Land Social and Tool School at Linden Lane Farms in Krestova (near Nelson). Linden Lane Farms operates on leased family land, as well as two other properties in the area, with agreements supported through the BC Land Matching Program. The thriving organic farm serves retail, Farmers Markets and consumers directly in the area through their CSA and on farm sales and also hosts one of three Kootenay Local Agricultural Society tool libraries.

If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about, as well as affordable tool rentals available, join us for this event and be inspired and learn about the incredible farming that can be done on leased land!

We’ll enjoy a light potluck harvest lunch, tour the farm and land opportunity, network, and look at the steps to building a successful land sharing relationship. Your regional Land Matcher will share information about how the B.C. Land Matching Program can help you find the perfect farmer for your land – or farmland where you can build your dream farm business.

Land Socials connect farmers and farmland holders, and set them up to receive ongoing support through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Both farmers seeking land and farmland holders thinking about sharing land are encouraged to attend – as well as anyone who loves food, farming, and getting out onto the land.

Afterwards, for those who wish to stay for Tool School, information about the Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS) Tool Library will be provided and show off the tools available for rent. Come see the equipment first hand! KLAS hosts three tool libraries across the Central Kootenay in Creston, Kaslo and Krestova!

Don’t miss out on this in-person social and educational and social opportunity open to everyone! If you’re interested in joining us on October 23rd, register now.

DATE: Sunday, October 23, 2022 • 12-4pm PST

LOCATION: Traditional and unceded territories of the Ktunaxa, Sinixt and Syilx Nations. Linden Lane Farms located at 3850 Krestova Lower Rd, Krestova, BC V0G 1H2.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING:  Drive through the main farm gate and follow the parking signs to the parking area on the right.

SCHEDULE (times are approximate):

  • 12:00-12:30: Arrival and Intro Circle
  • 12:30-1:30: Potluck Lunch
  • 1:30-2:15: Farm Tour
  • 2:15-3:00: Tool School Overview
  • 3:00-4:00: BCS Maintenance Workshop

BRING: Please bring your own plate, cutlery and cup for snacks/refreshments, there will not be a wash station available to clean plates so please plan accordingly. Bring a dish to share potluck-style! A chair or blanket to sit on and a light jacket or blanket for the cooler evening. Good walking shoes or sandals to tour the farm. Optional: face mask.

REGISTERPLEASE REGISTER HERE to reserve your spot. This event is free and open to everyone. If you would like to make a donation to support Young Agrarians programming, the suggested contribution is $5-10.

CARPOOL INFO: If you are looking for or can offer a ride to or from the event, please post in the Facebook event discussion to connect with others.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Please stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, OR if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are completing a period of self-isolation as mandated by public health, OR if you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days. Refer to the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for more information.

We welcome cancellations at any time – you can do so through Eventbrite, through the link in your registration confirmation email, or by contacting hailey@youngagrarians.org. Please let us know if you aren’t able to attend. If provincial health guidelines for events change, we may cancel the event and you will be notified by email.

AVIAN FLU PROTOCOLS: To prevent the spread of the current avian flu, if you keep chickens or have visited a farm or household that does, please wash your boots before coming onto the property.

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Kootenay Local Agricultural Society Tool Library

The Tool Library is a unique resource available to the public. Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS) members receive a discount.  Tools were carefully selected to ensure they would help farmers be more efficient, but which—because of cost or infrequency of need—farmers wouldn’t buy themselves.

bcs tool school

The centrepieces of their fleet are BCS walking tractors and implements such as the tiller, rotary plow, and flail mower that quickly prepare soil and incorporate cover crops on farms the use land intensively with diverse crops. They also have honey extractors, hoop benders, an essential oil still, BCS hay making equipment, root washers, and dehydrators to name a few. All the tools in the library were purchased with grants from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) in 2009 and more tools are on their way from a successful 2021 grant from CBT. Thank you CBT!

Participants will be able to check out the library’s tools including tillage and haying equipment as well as a chipper and flail mower, and more, and ask the tool guardians all your questions about the rentals and equipment available.

About Linden Lane Farms

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Linden Lane Farms is located on a multi-generational family-operated farm in Krestova, situated at the southern mouth of the Slocan Valley. The farm is 150 acres consisting of a mixture of forest, pasture and fields on amazing sandy-loam soil, 25 minutes west of Nelson, and 15 minutes east of Castlegar. On this land, Linden Lane Farms produces vegetables, small fruits and nursery plants that they sell online, at local farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and through their CSA.

The Carr family has been farming in Krestova since 1978. In 2012, grandson Matthew began leasing land from his grandparents and has since grown Linden Lane Farms into a successful business producing on 6.0 acres with the help of the entire family and 10 staff.

linden lane farms

Linden Lane Farms focuses on providing high quality, safe products, and are committed to soil health, sustainability and organic practices. One of their biggest goals is to be able to feed their family for an entire year and although it has not been possible due to recent commitments, they look forward to striving to reach this goal in the near future.

They are members of Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS), and house one of three KLAS tool libraries on their property in Krestova.

You can check out Linden Lane Farms’ online farm shop here, Facebook can be found here and you can follow them on Instagram @lindenlanefarms


  • This event is free and open to everyone! Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home and please register every member so we have accurate registration numbers.
  • Not sure what to bring to the potluck? Consider supporting your local, organic farmer and/or food producer and find inspiration with their ingredients. Also, it is greatly appreciated if you can include a little card with the ingredients list for your dish in case people have food allergies/sensitivities
  • Join our Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Facebook group to stay up to date with all events.
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If you have any questions please contact Hailey@youngagrarians.org.


Through the B.C. Land Matching Program, Young Agrarians offers support to farmers looking for land for their farm business, and landholders looking for farmers to farm their land. We’ve made more than 204 matches on over 9,100 acres to date! The Columbia Basin Land Matcher will be attending the event to answer any questions the B.C. Land Matching Program. For those unable to join us, you can send a message to hailey@youngagrarians.org for more information.

The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in the Columbia Basin by the Province of British Columbia, with support from Columbia Basin Trust, the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Patagonia.

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