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Young Agrarians provides land access supports to farmers and landowners in Canada. Join the movement by supporting land access for farming and food growing!
B.C. Land Matching Program
Alberta Land Access Support
Land Access Guides, Lease & Licence Templates, Transition Toolkit
Canada Online Tools for Finding & Listing Land
Canada Farm Transition & Succession Planning
Canada Land Opportunities Blog
Looking for land? Have land you’d like to see farmed? The B.C. Land Matching Program delivered by Young Agrarians provides land matching and business support services. We support new farmers looking for land to connect with landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land. We’ve made more than 165 matches on over 6,300 acres to date! Visit our B.C. Land Matching Program page to learn more about the program and find a Young Agrarians Land Matcher in your region. Reach out to email@example.com to see how we can support you!
Do you have farmland in Alberta to offer a farmer? Are you seeking land to start or grow your farm business? Alberta Land Access Support can help. Young Agrarians provides 1:1 coaching on various land arrangement options, assists you to develop your vision and communicate your goals, needs and expectations, and helps circulate your opportunity through our online network.
Young Agrarians facilitates Land Links to bring together landowners and retiring farmers with new and potential farmers to network, learn about leases and land access arrangements, and hear stories of land matches. Land Links have been hosted from Vancouver Island to Alberta. To check out our calendar of activities, visit our Events Page!
Online Land Access Resources
Young Agrarians Land Access Guides: Theses guides provides a framework for new farmers looking to explore options for how to get on land. If you are a landowner wanting to get a better understanding of what a farmer would need to work your land, this guide is also helpful. If you are a farmer looking to negotiate a land access agreement, Appendix B can support the process, and includes Lease and Licence templates. *The Lease and Licence templates require customization for your individual scenarios. If you are in B.C. we strongly recommend that you connect with a land matcher to get support prior to using one for your own land sharing agreement.
- YA Alberta Land Access Guide: This guide has been developed in partnership with Organic Alberta, thanks to funding from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.
- YA British Columbia Land Access Guide
- YA Ontario Land Access Guide: The NFU-O (National Farmers Union of Ontario) has adapted and published the Young Agrarians Ontario Land Access Guide, thanks to funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario.
Metro Vancouver Water Use & Drainage Manual: This manual is intended to support landowners and farmers to assess and improve drainage and irrigation for planning and implementation purposes. The manual will help you objectively decide, from an irrigation and drainage perspective, if your land can support a farming operation, and help farmers determine if there are ways to improve irrigation and drainage on the land through shifts in farming practices.
*NEW RESOURCE!* B.C. Transition Toolkit for Non-Family Farm Transfer: This Non-Family Transition Toolkit is a resource for anyone exploring alternative ways to transition land and farms from one generation to the next. Current and entering farmers will find a framework for understanding non-family transition, information about different models, and how to gauge which model fits your vision and needs. The case stories and other anecdotes in this toolkit are real-world examples of farmers making transition happen in a very complex regulatory environment – to ensure that what they’ve built with a lifetime of labour will not be lost to the next generation.
Online Tools for Finding & Listing Land
Land Blog: 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.
UMAP: You can also list your farmland 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New: The UMAP now has a Garden Share listing feature for home gardeners looking to share yard space.
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. This tool is more Ontario focused and has listings across Canada.
L’ARTERRE: This Quebec based land matching service pairs land owners with farmers seeking land. L’ARTERRE aims to increase the accessibility of land to young farmers and maintain the agricultural dynamism of Quebec’s regions.
Farm Transition & Succession Planning
To learn about transition/succession planning and various programs intended to support the transfer of farm business to the next generation of farmers, check out our collection of transition resources from across Canada!
PLEASE NOTE: For blog listings below, 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 the landowner or new farmer looking for land to assess whether the opportunity meets your needs and expectations. We encourage you to contact email@example.com with questions and to see if we can support you.
Posted by Morgan Kitchen on October 28, 2021
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at firstname.lastname@example.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND New farm co-operative in beautiful Fort St John, the Peace River region of BC, currently running cattle, harvesting forages and grain, is looking to expand in a coop setting! Pure Pastures Regenerative Farm (PPRF) is an operating 2,000 + acre ranch that is looking to integrate other farming folks and agriculture businesses. Small livestock, agritourism, and market gardening are just a few ideas of farm businesses that would … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Regenerative Farm Coop in Fort St. John, BC →
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 →
Posted by Michelle Lam on October 22, 2021
The future of food systems lies in the hands of our next generation of farmers — but what do we do when our future farmers don’t have access to land? Young Agrarians (YA) hopes to offer solutions that will bridge the gap between landholders and land seekers with two Land Linking Workshops coming to Leduc County later this year. These online workshops are being modelled off of the YA B.C. Land Matching Program, which provides personalized land matching and business support services for both farmers looking for land to start or expand their farm and landholders interested in finding someone … Continue reading Land Access Support is coming to Alberta →
Posted by Darcy Smith on October 20, 2021
CALLING ALL FARMERS AND LANDHOLDERS Our second annual LAND FORUM is here! We were thrilled to see so many of you in the community this summer at our on-farm Land Socials. The B.C. Land Matching Program team is super excited to welcome you back to learn together and take a deeper dive into information and interactive sessions about land sharing and starting a farm business. The Land Forum is accessible online so that we can reach you wherever you live and have Internet access. We can’t wait to share knowledge and online space with you all! WHEN: November 8 – … Continue reading B.C. LAND FORUM NOV 8-25, 2021 – ONLINE →
LAND OPPORTUNITY: Two Approximately 1/3 Acre Fields, Shared Barn Space and 4 Acres of Forest – Saanichton, BC
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 20, 2021
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at email@example.com to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This opportunity includes two separate field spaces for cultivation, as well as forest space: Approximately 0.28 acre flat field with frontage on a popular agri-tourism road is currently in grass with full exposure except for shade from a few fruit trees (three apple trees will remain, old cherry trees will be taken down) Approximately 0.44 acre cleared space further into the property, backing on to forest to … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Two Approximately 1/3 Acre Fields, Shared Barn Space and 4 Acres of Forest – Saanichton, BC →
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 20, 2021
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at firstname.lastname@example.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This is an opportunity to lease 6.5 acres of blueberry orchard in a low-lying, fertile peat bog in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. The bushes are very well established and were planted in approximately the 1970s and 1990s. The peat soils hold water very well, and the orchard usually does not need irrigation, but flood irrigation infrastructure is in place. The perimeter of the orchard is … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 6.5 Acre Blueberry Orchard with On-Farm Store – North Cowichan, BC →
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 14, 2021
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at email@example.com to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. A 1 acre plot is available to lease at Haliburton Community Organic Farm starting January 2022. This is an amazing opportunity for someone with previous farming experience to start or build your farm business in a supportive environment, on a well-maintained, turn-key ready plot! About Haliburton Community Organic Farm Haliburton Farm is an incubator farm on land owned by the District of Saanich, on the traditional unceded territories of the … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1 Acre Organic Incubator Farm Plot at Haliburton Farm – Saanich, BC →
LAND OPPORTUNITY: 60+ Acres of Farmland with House, Workshop and Barn for long-term lease – Hornby Island, BC
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 12, 2021
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at firstname.lastname@example.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND We are offering up our farm in beautiful Strachan Valley on Hornby Island for a long-term land lease and house rental, starting September 1, 2022. Closing date for applications is December 10, 2021. The valley is in the centre of the island and is surrounded by park and crown land so is very peaceful and private. This opportunity includes: Access to over 60 acres of mixed-use farmland … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 60+ Acres of Farmland with House, Workshop and Barn for long-term lease – Hornby Island, BC →
Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 12, 2021
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at email@example.com to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This approximately 5.45 acre land opportunity consists of a one acre market garden and three acres of field space recently hayed and currently in rye cover crop. An approximately 30×50 barn with power and water would also be part of the leased area, as well as a roughly 0.45 acre old paddock space. The market garden area is deer fenced with 7-8 ft heavy net fencing. The … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 4 Acre Field with 1 Acre Market Garden – Courtenay, BC →
Posted by Morgan Kitchen on October 01, 2021
We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at firstname.lastname@example.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region.p> ABOUT THE LAND Beautiful regenerative farm just outside the town of Telkwa. This 18-acre farm integrates a variety of small livestock (sheep, pigs, poultry), bees, gardens, and an orchard with regenerative farming practices. With plans of expanding and developing their compost and vermi-compost, this land opportunity has so much to offer! ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The established gardens (with room for expansion!) are the primary focus of the land opportunity for an … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Regenerative Farm in Telkwa →