Tag Archives: Vancouver Island

We called it Sum-nuw

Posted by Jared Qwustenuxun Williams on July 17, 2024

We called it Sum-nuw

There is an island in the Salish Sea that connects to another smaller Island. These two Islands are connected by two long sandy beaches that surround a lagoon that is situated directly between the islands. Not many places on our coast are more appealing for a canoe village site. There are a dozen or so soft sand landing sites all around the smaller island and even in the small lagoon. Hundreds of canoes would have once lined these beaches. Cooking fires would cover the rocky places processing an endless amount of shellfish that would grow on the sandy shoreline. There … Continue reading We called it Sum-nuw

AUGUST 24, 2024: VICTORIA, BC – Farm Tour and Potluck at The Plot Market Garden and City’s Edge Farm

Posted by Kat Roger on July 02, 2024

You’re invited to a Farm Tour and Potluck at The Plot Market Garden and City’s Edge Farm in Victoria, B.C. If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about, want to learn what it’s like to apprentice on a farm or host farm apprentices – or just want to check out what your local farmers are up to – join us for the event. Come out to connect with other farmers and food lovers, share a meal and learn about farm start-up! We’ll enjoy a farm tour from farmers Emily and Tyler at The Plot Market Garden, … Continue reading AUGUST 24, 2024: VICTORIA, BC – Farm Tour and Potluck at The Plot Market Garden and City’s Edge Farm

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 25+ acres of mixed woodland and pasture for livestock grazing – Courtenay, BC

Posted by Kiyomi Ito on June 20, 2024

We always have new land opportunities coming into our inventory, some of which aren’t on our blog yet! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at bclmp@youngagrarians.org to learn about the latest opportunities and to access free B.C. Land Matching Program services in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Welcome to 37 acres of ALR grazing land in Courtenay, BC! This property includes 1-2 acres of cleared grassland in addition to 25-30 acres of mixed woodland, all of which could be used for small livestock grazing. Historically, the landholders and their family raised weaner pigs in the forest, and sheep (ewes, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 25+ acres of mixed woodland and pasture for livestock grazing – Courtenay, BC

My very first sp’e’qum tu speenhw

Posted by Jared Qwustenuxun Williams on June 17, 2024

Many of us GenX/Millennials were taught in grade school that Indigenous people were basic hunter gatherers, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Speenhw* is great example of Indigenous agriculture, or permaculture, or maybe just culture. See speenhw is grown in p’hwulhp* meadows and grasslands which date back thousands of years. Dendrochronological data, basically the rings found in the p’hwulhp, show annual burning of the grasslands going back generations. Burning that made way for the speenhw to grow. Certain family members would specialize in looking after their family’s fields. By breaking apart the dirt into square mats, and rolling … Continue reading My very first sp’e’qum tu speenhw

The Salish Apocalypse

Posted by Jared Qwustenuxun Williams on June 03, 2024

Jared Qwustenuxun Williams

It’s hard to fully imagine what happened here, on Turtle Island when the Hwunitum* arrived. But, in order to understand the current state of Indigenous Cultures we must understand, not only where it comes from, but what it went through to survive. Any Indigenous culture that exists under colonialism has had to suffer and endure to still exist in any form today. As if germ warfare, directly stealing land, and gunboat diplomacy weren’t enough. Our cultures further endured over a hundred years of anti Indigenous ‘kill the Indian save the child’ education, a full on multi generational potlatch ban that … Continue reading The Salish Apocalypse

JULY 7, 2024: COBBLE HILL, BC – Farm Tour and Potluck at Silverside Farm

Posted by Kat Roger on May 22, 2024

You’re invited to a Farm Tour and Potluck at Silverside Farm in Cobble Hill, B.C. If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about – or just want to check out what your local farmers are up to – join us for the event. Come out to connect with other farmers and food lovers, share a meal, and learn about berry production! We’ll enjoy a farm tour from Silverside farmers Charles and Manzar, who were matched in 2023 through the B.C. Land Matching Program (BCLMP). We will hear how Charles and Manzar transitioned their farm from Alberta … Continue reading JULY 7, 2024: COBBLE HILL, BC – Farm Tour and Potluck at Silverside Farm

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Market garden for lease – Cordova Bay, BC

Posted by Kat Roger on May 21, 2024 2 Comments

We always have new land opportunities coming into our inventory, some of which aren’t on our blog yet! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at bclmp@youngagrarians.org to learn about the latest opportunities and to access free B.C. Land Matching Program services in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Long Now Farm is a small hobby farm on 3.4 acres of unceded W’SANEC land. The property is a 5 minute bike ride to the grocery store and to Elk Lake, and a 45 minute bike ride to Victoria along the Lochside Trail. The current landholders have been caretaking the land since … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Market garden for lease – Cordova Bay, BC

FILLED – LAND OPPORTUNITY: 4+ acres of mixed farmland for lease with off-grid housing – Royston, BC

Posted by Kiyomi Ito on March 19, 2024

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This 25-acre farm situated in the Comox Valley has multiple portions of farmland available for lease. The farm is currently used for growing vegetables and flowers, hay, and bees as well as homes for the landholders and tenants. About 1/4- to 1/2-acre is currently under cultivation, a mixed garden with well-established rows and irrigation set-up. The soil has been amended on an ongoing basis since 2009 and … Continue reading FILLED – LAND OPPORTUNITY: 4+ acres of mixed farmland for lease with off-grid housing – Royston, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1+ acres to lease for flowers, vegetables and more – Nanoose Bay, BC

Posted by Kiyomi Ito on March 11, 2024

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Situated in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, this land boasts 60 years of dedicated family farming history. The 30-acre property was home to mixed vegetables and chickens and featured a bountiful farm stand that was a gem for the neighbourhood. The farmers who brought this property to life are now retired, and the land is in the hands of a new, young family, who wish to … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1+ acres to lease for flowers, vegetables and more – Nanoose Bay, BC

LAND ACCESS STORIES: Rake and Radish Farm – Saanich, BC

Posted by Kat Roger on March 11, 2024

ABOUT RAKE & RADISH FARM Rake and Radish Farm is a small-scale ecological veggie, flower and berry farm on unceded lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories (Saanich, BC). Leasing farmer Ardeo Mann (they/them) was matched to this land through the B.C. Land Matching Program in 2020 and has been offering gorgeous produce, education and safe(r) spaces for their communities ever since. Ardeo runs Rake and Radish Farm to serve human, plant and pollinator communities using ecological practices. Ardeo’s mission at Rake and Radish is to “grow vegetables in an environmentally, financially and emotionally sustainable manner and ensure they are reaching a diverse … Continue reading LAND ACCESS STORIES: Rake and Radish Farm – Saanich, BC