LAND OPPORTUNITY: Remote farming in the vast expanse of the Chilcotin Plateau, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on May 19, 2021

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ABOUT THE LAND

Looking to get away from it all? Nestled in a very remote valley, in a very remote region, this West Chilcotin property can be found somewhere between Anahim Lake and Bella Coola. Access is by snowmobile for 5 months of the year, and via a rough bush road after that. Other residents in the area include bears, biting insects, and a very small community of homesteaders and ranchers.

With 38 acres of hay meadow and 2 acres of gardens (room to expand) this organically managed land currently supports crop, livestock and dairy production for self-sufficiency, with 1000lbs of strawberries harvested annually, along with egg, beef and vegetable sales. Ten acres are perimeter fenced to protect the garden from ranging cattle. The land is off-grid with ample solar power in the summer, and backup generator in the winter.

A major fire in 2017 surrounded the property. The story is documented in the book ‘Captured by Fire’ co-authored by Fred Reid and Chris Czkowski. The threat of new wildfire has been greatly reduced by that fire.

 

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

We are looking for partnership with a family that wishes to develop agri-tourism or eco-tourism (plenty of bear viewing!) and possibly expand vegetable and fruit production. There is potential for sharing title to the land and building an additional residence. The remoteness is an attraction for tourism but is a liability for sale of fresh produce. The local market is really small and there is an existing greenhouse grower in Anahim Lake where we cooperatively market our strawberries. We do not wish to compete directly in her market of a range of vegetables but there may be opportunity for further cooperation on certain crops.

This opportunity could also be ideal for a young family with internet skills and the potential for earning an outside income remotely – such as an online teacher and a desire to develop a business involving guests would make a good fit.

GET IN TOUCH

This land opportunity is available through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Reach out to the Central & Northern BC Land Matcher at jolene@youngagrarians.org with your farm vision 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 in Central and Northern B.C. by the Province of British Columbia, with support from Patagonia.

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