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Ready to find land to farm? Looking for a farmer for your land? Young Agrarians is here to support farmers and landowners to connect to one another! Learn about our B.C. Land Matching Program to see how a Land Matcher can support you. Then check out our Farmland Blog below – it’s full of listings with farmland for rent. Read up on the essential land access resources we offer: landlinking workshops, a BC Land Access Guide (So You Want to Farm?) and free Lease & Licence Templates.
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B.C. Land Matching Program
Looking for land? Have land you’d like to see farmed?
Young Agrarians is offering a B.C. Land Matching Program (BCLMP) in Southern BC. The B.C. Land Matching Program provides land matching and business support services to new farmers looking for land to farm as well as landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land. Visit our B.C. Land Matching Program page to learn more about the program and working with a Young Agrarians Land Matcher in your region. If you are outside one of the regions of our land matchers, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you.
BC Land Program Manager & Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Darcy Smith – email@example.com
Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Rajiv Dasanjh – firstname.lastname@example.org
Land Matcher – Cowichan Valley & Vancouver Island:
Azja Jones Martin – email@example.com
Land Matcher – Okanagan Central-North:
Tessa Wetherill – firstname.lastname@example.org
Land Matcher – Columbia Basin:
Hailey Troock – email@example.com
Additionally, our online land registry is currently available to anyone in BC or Canada who has land available for farming, as well as farmers who are seeking land. Please create a new listing on our UMAP, selecting either “Land Listing” or “Farmer Looking for Land”, and answer the questions in as much detail as you can. You can also contribute a Land Opportunity to our Land Blog, where it will be read by our extensive network of new and young farmers. If you have any questions, or would like help registering your land, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and our Land Matcher will be happy to help!
Land Linking Workshops
Young Agrarians facilitates Land Linking Workshops to bring together land owners and retiring farmers with new and potential farmers to network, learn about farm business & organizational models, and hear case stories of land access arrangements from across Southern BC. Land linking workshops have been hosted from Vancouver Island to the Kootenays. Next Land Links will happen in Fall 2019 – stay tuned!
For more Young Agrarians events, please visit our Events Page!
Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates
The BC Land Access Guide provides a framework for new farmers looking to explore options for how to get on land. If you are a land owner wanting to get a better understanding of what a farmer would need to work your land, this guide is helpful. If you are a farmer looking to negotiate a land access agreement, Appendix B can support process, and includes Lease and Licence templates.
The NFU-O (National Farmers Union of Ontario) has published the Young Agrarians Ontario Land Access Guide, thanks to funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The guide is an adaptation of our immensely popular Young Agrarians BC Land Access Guide.
On-Line Tools for Finding & Listing Land
To advertise your land opportunity check out:
Young Agrarians Land Blog & U-MAP: Landowners and Farmers post their land opportunities on the Young Agrarians blog! To do this you must have a vision for your land and an understanding of how your land arrangement would work with a new farmer. Please visit our land blog for examples and email us with content to post. You can also list your farm land opportunity on the Young Agrarians Resource UMAP under Land. Use the ADD LISTING button to add your land listing: maps.youngagrarians.org. For more support finding land or a farmer, please reach out to email@example.com!
FarmLink – FarmLINK’s MatchMaker land listing tool brings together new farmers who are looking for land or mentorship with farm owners who have land available or expertise to share.
Banque de Terres > L’ARTERRE– This Quebec land matching service pairs land owners with farmers seeking land. Banque de Terres aims to increase the accessibility of land to young farmers and maintain the agricultural dynamism of Quebec’s regions. Participating County’s offer the services of a land matcher, who provides personalized support and assistance at every stage of forming a land match and agreement between landowners and aspiring farmers.
Farm Transition & Succession Planning Resources
To learn about transition planning and various programs intended to support the transfer of farm business to the next generation of farmers, check out:
B.C. Agri Business Planning Program – Eligible Activity: Developing a Transition / Succession Plan. Eligible applicants can access up to $5,000 for individuals and $30,000 for groups for business planning services from a Qualified Business Consultant specializing in transition planning to develop a potential farm transition/succession strategy. Applicants must have reported total annual gross revenues greater than $30,000/year in the previous year to Canada Revenue Agency.
Farm Management Canada’s National Transition Program – This program seeks to help bridge the gap between generations of farmers to provide Canada’s future farmers with the best chance for success. It is comprised of a series of Succession & Transition Planning workshops for farm families, coupled with a Successor Development program, exclusively for young farmers. Young farmers have a chance to apply to be selected to participate in a Successor Development program.
Farm Management Canada Succession Planning Webinars – These webinars from Farm Management Canada and RBC bring in Succession Planning experts. Kitchen Table Discussions Part 1 shares valuable information on farm succession planning with a goal to inspire you to start thinking and be well prepared to answer two very important questions: What is the future of my farming operation? And what if something happens? Kitchen Table Discussions Part 2 shares valuable information on farm succession planning, including why and how to hire an agriculture professional, tax planning opportunities and strategies on how to transfer farming assets to your children. Free registration required.
Farm Credit Canada Transition Planning Tools – From starting the conversation and preparation, to farm transfer and retirement, Farm Credit Canada has a collection of advice and resources to support the transition process.
Elaine Froese Farm Succession Planning – Elaine Froese is a certified coach and farm succession planner. She offers succession planning/coaching services, online courses, workshops around Canada, and a free-to-download Farm Family Toolkit.
A Growing Concern: How to Keep Farmland in the Hands of Canadian Farmers – A report by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. This report looks at farmland as a major asset for farmers, seeking to understand the use of farmland and changes in farmland values in Canada, as well as the factors behind their upward trend. In addition, this report describes the underlying challenges associated with access to farmland, including farmers’ financial capacity, ownership types and the profitability of the agricultural sector.
BC Foodlands Cooperative – The Foodlands Cooperative of BC (Foodlands) is a registered society founded in 2017 with the mission to secure and hold land in trust and promote the protection and utilization of food providing lands across BC. Foodlands works with landholders, farmers, local communities and leaders in the agricultural and land trust sectors to develop and support community foodlands models and build healthy, local food systems.
Join the movement and grow new farmers and food growers in Canada by supporting land access for food production!
For blog listings below, please note that Young Agrarians is only able to screen land opportunities that are participants in the B.C. Land Matching Program. Please do your due diligence and screen to assess whether the potential land opportunity meets your needs and expectations for a farm land access arrangement. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need more support resources.
Posted by Darcy Smith on May 17, 2019
Young Agrarians BC is hiring a Land Matcher for the Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley region! Are you a connector? An intuitive networker? Do complete strangers tell you their life story at the drop of a hat? Did you once set up your friends from college, and now they’ve got kids and you gave a speech at their wedding and they send you a thank you card every year? Young Agrarians is seeking a Land Matcher with that Young Agrarians is seeking a talented communicator and project manager who understands the agricultural landscape to to provide land access “extension services” through the B.C Land … Continue reading JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS LAND MATCHER – METRO VAN/FRASER VALLEY
Posted by Darcy Smith on May 07, 2019
Well, the numbers are in – and farmland gets more expensive every year! Farm Credit Canada (FCC) just released the 2018 Farmland Values Report, highlighting the high cost of land in B.C. The average value of Canadian farmland increased 6.6% in 2018, and our fair province is just above the national average at 6.7% – compare that to a 2.7% increase in B.C. in 2017. For new farmers trying to break into the sector, steep land prices effectively shut them out of the farmland real estate market. This means that alternative land access models such as leasing are more important than ever in helping … Continue reading Cost of Land Just Keeps Going Up: FCC Farmland Values Report
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on April 30, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND This beautiful 25 acres is nestled in the heart of Cobble Hill, with about 12 acres in pasture. There are 5 fields that could be rotated through, though they are not separately fenced at this point. There is livestock fencing in place around the perimeter of the fields which needs to be upgraded in some areas. Water is available from the creek that runs along the property. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The owner is looking for someone who would like to use the land for grazing for sheep or cows. You could either keep your animals there just for the … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 12 ACRES OF PASTURE FOR GRAZING – COBBLE HILL, BC
Posted by Tessa Wetherill on April 30, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND: Lone Pine Farm is 34 acres located on Westsyde Rd in Kamloops, adjacent to the Dunes Golf Course. The 20 acres on the west side of the road are beautiful, rolling hills, a grassland/sage ecosystem (currently in the process of being donated to BC Parks) and the 14 acres on the other side of the road, next to the North Thompson river, are arable, fertile, flat fields. This property has been in the family since the 1920’s and used for a variety of agricultural purposes including cattle, mixed orchard and extensive vegetable garden. The riverbank area is a corridor for wildlife. *Side note from Land Matcher, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 14 acres in Kamloops, B.C.
Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 26, 2019
Our Okanagan Land Matcher Tessa had an exciting day as Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham visited Alpine Roots Farm, matched to a property in Kelowna through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Minister Popham was there to celebrate what we’ve been up to over the past year, and to announce another year of funding for the program! A huge thank you to the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture for helping us support new entrants and farmland owners across B.C., as well as to our other amazing funders, Columbia Basin Trust, Cowichan Valley Regional District, Metro Vancouver, Vancity, and Regional District of North Okanagan. Castanet came out with a … Continue reading B.C. Land Matching Program Brings Opportunities for New Farmers
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on April 15, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND We are Jan and Nelson Meadows. We have been stewarding this 40-acre property 13 kms outside of Bamfield for the past 13 years. We have built a productive organic garden, multiple alternative energy sources, buildings and a self-sufficient way of life – we love eating fresh, organic food from the gardens nearly year-round, hosting WWOOFERs from all over the world, and sharing the knowledge we have gained in living this lifestyle. The property was clear cut about 30 years ago. The forest is now growing back with natural regeneration that includes all the native plant species. Our hope is to help nurture … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: OFF-GRID WEST COAST HOMESTEAD WITH CO-OWNERSHIP POTENTIAL – BAMFIELD, BC
Posted by Tessa Wetherill on April 11, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND This plot of land located in the heart of beautiful Coldstream, B.C. is just under an acre and would be ideal for a small scale market garden. It has a long history of agricultural use, as it was originally a part of Coldstream Ranch, however it has been fallow for many years. The soil is healthy, the plot gets full sun and there is an irrigation hookup available. There is the possibility of storage/cooler space in the barn. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The land owners would like to see the property used to grow food with organic practices. The … Continue reading Land Opportunity: 1 acre available for Market Garden – Coldstream, B.C
Posted by Tessa Wetherill on April 08, 2019
By Tessa Wetherill, Okanagan Land Matcher in our B.C. Land Matching Program Listening to people is just as fascinating as listening to plants. For the first growing season in 12 years, I won’t be farming as my primary occupation, instead I’m joyfully continuing on in the role of the Okanagan Land Matcher with the B.C. Land Matching Program delivered by Young Agrarians. Watching and nurturing these new collaborations between new farmers without land and property owners wanting to see their land farmed is both enlivening and encouraging. Not much different than my other much loved spring activity, caring for seedlings. After kicking off … Continue reading Land Matching for the Next Generation of Farmers: Okanagan Update, April 2019
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on April 08, 2019
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The popular restaurant at Unsworth Vineyard and Winery is looking for a new farmer to lease its kitchen garden! The owners are keen to have a farmer to make use of the space available, and supply the popular restaurant with as much produce grown on-site as possible. The chef would particularly love a fresh supply of herbs and flowers, and will buy anything the farmer can grow there! The restaurant would be the farmer’s first customer, and if there is any additional produce from the garden beyond what the restaurant needs, the farmer is welcome to sell that elsewhere. There is potential to sell to the … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: GARDEN SPACE AT UNSWORTH VINEYARD – MILL BAY, BC
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on April 06, 2019
ABOUT THE LAND Stone Spring Farm is located on Vancouver Island at the foothills of Mount Arrowsmith, 0.5 km off Highway 19, in beautiful Nanoose Bay. The picturesque 40-acre ALR property has been in the family for generations and used for various purposes over the years. The mix of sloped land forested riding trails and pasture, with good well water, allows the potential for many ideas to be brought to life. There are approximately 25 fenced acres of the property are available for farm use. Currently we have 10 in hay production and 15 acres of pasture for horses and grass-fed … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 25 ACRES OF PRIME PASTURE OPEN TO IDEAS! – NANOOSE BAY, BC