Tag Archives: transition

Alberta Land Linking Workshop Series 2021

Posted by Melisa Zapisocky on October 26, 2021

Are you a landholder looking for farmers? Are you a new farmer looking for land? Once aspiring farmers have gained experience, land access becomes a major barrier. With increasing land prices, ownership is often not an option. At the same, many landholders don’t have family members who want to take on the farm.  There is a growing opportunity for new farmers, land managers and food growers, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, to explore creative land sharing arrangements with those offering land. This online workshop series will bring together landholders and new farmers to explore the land-linking process. … Continue reading Alberta Land Linking Workshop Series 2021

TRANSITION CASE STORY: LOHBRUNNER COMMUNITY FARM

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 16, 2021

Transition land trust - Lohbrunner Community Farm Coop members and Heather Pritchard are gathered on a snow bank with a forest in the background. Heather is holding a bunch of garlic.

THE COMBINED POWER OF CO-OPS AND TRUSTS at LOHBRUNNER COMMUNITY FARM, Vancouver Island, B.C. When community, co-ops and land trusts come together to save a piece of land, amazing things happen! This is the story of a farm that was saved by community support—and will be stewarded into the future by a co-operative. Located in Langford on Southern Vancouver Island, Lohbrunner Community Farm is a 13-acre farm held in trust by FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF), and managed by a co-operative of farmers and community members. The original farm homestead was an oasis of mixed fields, forest and wetlands tucked away in … Continue reading TRANSITION CASE STORY: LOHBRUNNER COMMUNITY FARM

Transition Case Story: GOOD EARTH FARM

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 08, 2021 5 Comments

Young Agrarians transition - A young man and an elder woman are seated together smiling at the camera

COMMUNITY LENDING  at GOOD EARTH FARM, Gabriola Island, B.C. What are you to do when you want to buy the farm but don’t qualify for a traditional mortgage? This is a story about how relationships and community can come together to support the next generation to buy the farm through private lending. Located on Gabriola Island, just off the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Good Earth Farm produces mixed vegetables on about three acres using regenerative growing practices. The original farmers, Rosheen Holland and Bob Shields, founded the farm in 1993 and ran it together for 22 years until … Continue reading Transition Case Story: GOOD EARTH FARM

MARCH 3, 2021: Planning for Non-Family Farm Transition

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 26, 2021

Darcy Smith Land Matcher Metro Vancouver Fraser Valley

Join Darcy Smith for a webinar on Non-Family Farm Transition with the BC Ministry of Agriculture! Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00pm Presenter: Darcy Smith, Young Agrarians Register: Register here Webinar Description: This webinar provides both current and entering farmers with a framework for understanding transition of farms and farmland outside the family, along with information and considerations about different possible pathways to non-family transition. In this webinar, Darcy will introduce concepts and tools to apply to alternative farm transition, from setting a vision to identifying models and assessing feasibility, as well as case stories that … Continue reading MARCH 3, 2021: Planning for Non-Family Farm Transition

FARM TRANSITION OPPORTUNITY: 38 Acre Mixed Vegetable Farm for Sale – Parksville, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on December 18, 2020

1477 Hodges Drive $1,699,000 This 38-acre farm has been successfully farmed for the past 7 years by organic mixed vegetable farms Salt and Harrow and Heart Beet Farm. Approximately 20 acres of the property is cultivated, and about 18 acres is wooded. Centrally located between Parksville and Qualicum, with the popular Qualicum Beach Farmer’s market,  this farm is a part of  a thriving agricultural community. Two operational drilled wells provide the water for the property – one feeds a pond and then irrigates the entire 20 acres of cultivated area by way of 3-inch pvc pipe, the other services the … Continue reading FARM TRANSITION OPPORTUNITY: 38 Acre Mixed Vegetable Farm for Sale – Parksville, BC

Customer Relationships During Farm Transition

Posted by Hailey Troock on October 06, 2020

Photo credit: Sole Food Street Farms Successful customer relationships are at the heart of successful businesses. Informing customers and nurturing these relationships during the transition period (and before!) is crucial for a smooth transfer.  Many farms sell their products through a variety of sales channels. Indirect sales occur when sales are Business-to-Business (B2B), and the customer is a buyer from a store or distributor, rather than the end consumer. Direct sales channels occur when a farm is selling directly to the person who consumes the products (B2C), and may include Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, farmgate and online sales.  Your approach to … Continue reading Customer Relationships During Farm Transition

Farm Legacy Letters: Linda and Tim Ewert, Wildwood Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 2 Comments

To future generations, We came to the Peace River region (near Pouce Coupe) with our baby and toddler in 1974. We took on an agricultural lease, which required us to clear land, and prepare fields for seeding before we were able to purchase the land. We are still here on our 160-acre farm with fields, forest, hand-built buildings, fences, ponds etc. We have worked over the years to realize our dream of using draft horses for as much of the mechanized work as possible. We have used our horses for cutting, raking and hauling hay; field preparation; ploughing, discing, harrowing, … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Linda and Tim Ewert, Wildwood Farm

Farm Legacy Letters: Rob Hettler, Pilgrims’ Produce Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 2 Comments

To future generations: I personally can trace a farming heritage on my father’s side back to 1770 in Alsace-Lorraine in the Black Forest region of Germany. Our current farm was bought in 1991 at 1568 Eagle Rock Road in Spallumcheen. Prior to our taking over the farm it had been a pig farm, a mixed farm and a raspberry farm dating back to the 1930’s. The farm began as a hay farm when we took over, which we quickly converted back to a market garden vegetable operation, also growing strawberries and raspberries.  We transitioned to being an organic farm from … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Rob Hettler, Pilgrims’ Produce Farm

Farm Legacy Letters: Mary Alice Johnson, ALM Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 5 Comments

To future generations: Thirty years from now, I want people to remember that my farm was a beautiful productive healthy place to find good food and to learn about producing good food. My farm consists of three properties, the 10-acre main farm with an old farmhouse and outbuildings, a wooded 5 acres contiguous to the farm, and a third 2.5 acre property 4 km down the road where I live and grow some crops. I have owned the main farm since 1986 and purchased the second property in 2008. These properties are located in the Otter Point district of Sooke, … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Mary Alice Johnson, ALM Farm

Farm Legacy Letters: Pete Amyoony

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 6 Comments

To future generations:  My farm is 10 acres in the hamlet of Dunster, B.C., on the north side of the valley on a bench above the Fraser River with amazing southern exposure. In the short days of winter here at the 54th parallel, our side of the valley gets more than double the amount of sun from the other side. This is such a help with starting crops earlier in the spring and growing later into the fall months. Even though our high latitude only has 90-100 frost free days some years, on the long summer days when we receive … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Pete Amyoony