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ABOUT THE LAND
Nestled in the broad North Thompson river valley, the soil on our property is a rich black loam clay, which gives the opportunity for all types of agriculture. We are in the Agricultural Land Reserve as well as within the Kamloops city limits.
The land is basically flat, and we have seasonal irrigation water for all our needs. We also have year round water accessed from our farm well. There are also two outlets for city water at sink/counter locations for processing. There is a hen house, and chicken brooder barn that converts to a lambing barn in the spring lamb season. Also present is a winter vegetable storage room. The farm shed has its own power, as well as a seasonal equipment storage shed.
To date the use of 7 acres of our 10 acre parcel has been producing 600 plus bales of organic grass hay. That was enough to provide for 50 lambs and ewes grazing on a rotating pasture system, the unneeded hay was sold.
We currently raise 600 to 800 pastured nonGMO fed meat chickens per year, and 130 turkeys. Our vegetable garden provides us year round supply. Garlic sales are a part of the farm income. There are a number of fruit trees, grapes and raspberries also.
The present owner as a retired landscape designer and installer has created a park-like setting around the home. Within the shelter of mature spruce and pine trees there are various shrubs and perennial gardens connected by grassy lawns and meadows. Sitting areas by the pond or streams add to the many places to relax. For more energetic activities there are horseshoe pits, badminton, or bocce.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
As the land is so amenable to successfully producing many different vegetable crops, a market garden farm is the first obvious option. This can be combined with using the existing brooder barns and fenced in chicken areas to raise meat birds. The existing fences are also set up for a small flock of sheep, as there are pens, electric fences and a secure field from predators. A roundabout to aid with loading to the trailer for shipping.
The existing landscaped gardens have hosted catered dinners for Rocky Mountain Rail tours, as the property is favourable for entertaining groups up to 100. That could include wedding ceremonies or photo opportunities for other life events.
The east side of the property has a row of mature spruce trees, spaced out nicely for a small campground, as is allowed under the ALR rules.
The present owner has entertained the revenue generating AirBNB as the home lends itself naturally to that accommodation.
There is a one bedroom suite in the home as well, and presently has a good tenant.
There is the facility to hookup an RV to power and city water and lots of off street parking.
The current owners are looking to mentor and partner with a couple to grow the business to support the new farmers. With the eventual purchase of the home and land by the new farmers. The preservation of this land as a local food supply is the chief aim.
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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