Find Farmland & Land Access Tools

Ready to find land to farm? Looking for a farmer for your land? Young Agrarians is here to provide land access support to farmers and landowners! Learn about the B.C. Land Matching Program to see how a Land Matcher can help 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: Land Linking workshops, the BC Land Access Guide (So You Want to Farm?) and free Lease & Licence Templates.

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B.C. Land Matching Program
Land Linking Workshops
Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates
On-Line Tools for Finding & Listing Land
Farm Transition & Succession Planning Resources
Land Blog


B.C. Land Matching Program

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 to new farmers looking for land to farm and landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land, as well as support developing leases and other land agreements. 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 aren’t sure if we have a Land Matcher in your region, please reach out to land@youngagrarians.org. We want to hear from you!

BC Land Program Manager & Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley 
Darcy Smith: land@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley
Ashlee Brillert: ashlee@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Cowichan Valley & Vancouver Island
Azja Jones Martin: azja@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Okanagan Central-North
Tessa Wetherill: tessa@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Columbia Basin
Hailey Troock: hailey@youngagrarians.org

Land Matcher – Central & Northern B.C.
Jolene Swain: jolene@youngagrarians.org

Our online UMAP land registry is available to anyone in BC or Canada who has land available for farming, as well as farmers looking for 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. *Note to farmers seeking land – we have more land opportunities than what is listed on our UMAP and blog.

Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org with any questions, and to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region.


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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 leases and land access arrangements, and hear stories of land matches. Land Linking Workshops have been hosted from Vancouver Island to the Kootenays.

For more Young Agrarians events, please visit our Events Page!


Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates, Water Manual

British Columbia Land Access Guide:

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.

Ontario Land Access Guide:

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.

Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual

*NEW RESOURCE!* The Water Use & Drainage Manual for Landowners and Farmers in Metro Vancouver 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.


Online 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 land@youngagrarians.org!

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 land@youngagrarians.org if you have questions or need more support resources.

LAND BLOG


LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Raw Acres Owned by City of Kelowna

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on February 18, 2020

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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 There are two parcels owned by the City of Kelowna available for lease at 3550 Bulman Rd. Parcel #1 is approx. 8.45 acres. The area has been fallow for many years and has perimeter fencing. The second parcel is approx. 7 acres and is wooded and unfenced.  There was a home on site which was demolished, so power and water are available and would need reconnected through Fortis … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Raw Acres Owned by City of Kelowna

LAND OPPORTUNITY: OFF GRID CABIN WITH FARMING/WILDCRAFTING POTENTIAL – CEDAR, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on February 18, 2020

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There are more available land listings available than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory in your region. ABOUT THE LAND These beautiful 14 acres are a mix of forest and meadow located in South Cedar, (south of Nanaimo and north of Ladysmith). The property is off-grid, quiet and peaceful, and has great potential for low impact farming, wildcrafting, mushroom cultivation, etc. The meadow is currently mostly shrubby with lots of wild roses and nettles. There is a clearing that could be planted, and more area could be cleared as well. … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: OFF GRID CABIN WITH FARMING/WILDCRAFTING POTENTIAL – CEDAR, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Retreat Centre Garden Seeking a Keen Grower – Nanaimo, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on February 18, 2020

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There are more available land listings available than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory in your region. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Bethlehem Centre Garden is a quiet space located in South Nanaimo on the shores of Westwood Lake. Please see our website: bethlehemcentre.com and our Facebook page for more information and pictures of the property and our Retreat Centre. This year we are hoping to find an individual that has a genuine interest in developing a smaller area of land. This person should have a deep love of gardening and quiet places. Ideally … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Retreat Centre Garden Seeking a Keen Grower – Nanaimo, BC

Land Opportunity: Farm in the wild and mountainous Yukon Territory, near Haines Junction

Posted by Jolene Swain on February 13, 2020

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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 Just outside of picturesque Haines Junction, the farm overlooks Kluane National Park in southwest Yukon. Purchased in mid-2018, the farm is still in its development phase. Previously used for hay and oats, the long term objective is to establish a diverse, sustainable, organic farm that incorporates elements of permaculture. Different value adding opportunities will be explored for fruit and grain. Northern varieties have been selected for trial on … Continue reading Land Opportunity: Farm in the wild and mountainous Yukon Territory, near Haines Junction

Land Opportunity: Off-grid Wilderness Oasis near Hazelton, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on February 13, 2020

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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 For over 40 years we’ve lived off the grid (with an array of solar panels and a backup generator run on recycled veggie-oil) on our 160 acre Goddess Country homestead of mixed forest with several creeks, ponds and cleared areas for gardening and pasture. We have a good sized vegetable patch and orchard with perennials including currants, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, hascaps, asparagus, and apple, plum, cherry, and hazelnut … Continue reading Land Opportunity: Off-grid Wilderness Oasis near Hazelton, BC

Land Available: 30 Acres of Cleared Land near Red Rock, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on February 13, 2020

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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 Located just 25 minutes from the markets and amenities of Prince George, this scenic piece of land in Red Rock, BC has the capacity to support an additional farming enterprise. Currently, the farm is host to a flock of 40 or so chickens and a honey bees, and there is capacity for more with 30 acres of cleared land currently in hay (hay hasn’t been cut for the … Continue reading Land Available: 30 Acres of Cleared Land near Red Rock, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Raised beds, greenhouse and potting shed for lease – Cowichan Station, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on February 12, 2020

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There are more available land listings available than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This space has been maintained as a food producing organic garden for years, and is now looking for a new grower to take over! Beds are raised in rock walls (retains heat well!) and irrigation infrastructure is all set up and ready to go. A greenhouse is available for use, as is a potting shed with heated benches for getting seedlings going. Productive fruit trees and raspberries are also available for … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Raised beds, greenhouse and potting shed for lease – Cowichan Station, BC

Land and Business Available: Licensed Poultry Abattoir near Vanderhoof, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on February 11, 2020

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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 Just 15 minutes from Vanderhoof down the historic Blackwater Road, Newsat farms has an established poultry processing facility on 10 acres of cleared land surrounded by forest on a total 122 acre property. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Providing quality service since 2011, owners are looking for someone to take over the licensed poultry processing facility which serves the farming and ranching community from Smithers the Cache Creek. The farm … Continue reading Land and Business Available: Licensed Poultry Abattoir near Vanderhoof, BC

FEB 21: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 04, 2020

A conversation for young and old on passing on the farm.

  Did you know that 92% of farms in Alberta don’t have a transition or succession plan for their farm? At the same time, there’s a growing movement of new and beginning farmers seeking land and farm opportunities. How we steward the transition of farm land and businesses from one generation to the next is going to have a major impact on the future of agriculture and the food system. It’s time we get the conversation started. WHAT: Join us for a participatory conversation and hear about the opportunities and challenges of farm transition. Raise questions and expand your thinking through discussions with fellow farmers. WHO: For current … Continue reading FEB 21: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe

Supporting B.C. Farmers in the ALR: Public Engagement Report Recap and Call for Feedback

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 04, 2020

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Call for Feedback on B.C. Government’s Proposed Changes to Legislation for Housing on ALR Land Between September 19 and November 15, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture undertook public consultations to continue to address how to strengthen farming in B.C. The findings can be downloaded here. In 2019, the Province of B.C. implemented new regulations on land in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) through Bill 52. In response to public feedback on the new regulations, the Ministry has “started policy work on several residential options, while continuing to prioritize preserving the land to be used for farming or ranching. The Policy Intentions Paper … Continue reading Supporting B.C. Farmers in the ALR: Public Engagement Report Recap and Call for Feedback