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.

Click or scroll down for more information on:

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. Next Land Links are coming up in Fall 2019 – we hope to see you at one (or more!):

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


Land Access Guide, Lease & License Templates

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.


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 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: Unique Property in Kelowna, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on October 11, 2019

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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 This 7.78 acres in the ALR is located on Rifle Rd in Kelowna has some intriguing possibilities for the right farmer.  The back of the property includes 2 fields, totalling 2.5 acres. Currently, the land owner keeps a few head of cattle in these areas. The whole property irrigated with 2 inch pipe, 4 ft underground and the water comes from the Glenmore Ellison District.  The soil is a … Continue reading Land Opportunity: Unique Property in Kelowna, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1.5 acres in Kelowna, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on October 10, 2019

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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 This property is located very centrally in Kelowna, but has the feeling of a quiet oasis. The land has been farmed with organic principles by successful young farmers for the past 5 years, so the soil is rich, healthy and alive. The whole property is 4 acres, and there is approximately 1.5 acres that are tilled up and ready to plant. Depending on the needs of the leasing … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1.5 acres in Kelowna, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 acre Productive Homestead, Malakwa, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on October 04, 2019

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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 The land has been lovingly farmed since 1978 by Jim and Astrida Knox who, over the years, have raised or grown pretty much any thing possible, including vegetables, sheep, broiler chickens, dairy goats, Jersey cow, and beef cattle, and laying hens. At this point in their lives they are slowing down and are now raising ducks, bees, haskaps and their own vegetables. The land is a narrow 10 acre strip … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 10 acre Productive Homestead, Malakwa, BC

DEC 1, 2019: Cowichan, BC – VANCOUVER ISLAND LAND LINK

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on September 30, 2019

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VANCOUVER ISLAND LAND LINKING WORKSHOP Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 1-6PM Location: The HUB at Cowichan Station – 2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan, BC QUW’UTSUN TERRITORY Please RSVP: Register now Facebook: Don’t forget to join the Facebook event  to share with your community and coordinate ride sharing in the discussion! Questions about this event, or about the B.C. Land Matching Program? Reach out to our Vancouver Island Land Matcher, Azja at: azja@youngagrarians.org. Land Linking Workshop: Networking, Land Access Arrangements, B.C. Land Matching Program & Farmer Q&A! GOT LAND? WANT LAND? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? Are you a farmer looking for land? We want you! Join … Continue reading DEC 1, 2019: Cowichan, BC – VANCOUVER ISLAND LAND LINK

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Lake Country, BC, .6 acres Ready to Plant!

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on September 25, 2019

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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 Approximately .6 acres of land in Lake Country is ready to plant. The soil has been ploughed, tilled and sown with a buckwheat cover crop. The land is ready to use for the immediately. The land is in the ALR and prime for a market garden enthusiast. The land has irrigation directly to the prepped field area and separate road access via Carr’s Landing Rd.  ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Lake Country, BC, .6 acres Ready to Plant!

NOV 23, 2019: LANGLEY, BC – Land Linking Workshop

Posted by Ashlee Brillert on September 24, 2019

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METRO VANCOUVER – FRASER VALLEY LAND LINKING WORKSHOP Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019   |  1-6pm Location: Langley Mennonite Fellowship, 20997 40th Avenue, Langley, BC Kwantlen, Katzie, & Semiahmoo Territory Please RSVP: Register Now Facebook: Don’t forget to join the Facebook Event to share with your community and coordinate ride sharing in the discussion! Questions about this event, or about the B.C. Land Matching Program? Reach out to our Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Land Matcher, Ashlee at: ashlee@youngagrarians.org Land Linking Workshop: Networking, Land Access Arrangements, B.C. Land Matching Program & Farmer Q&A! GOT LAND? WANT LAND? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? Are you a farmer looking for … Continue reading NOV 23, 2019: LANGLEY, BC – Land Linking Workshop

Chris Thoreau on Growing Seed on Leased Land

Posted by Michalina Hunter on September 23, 2019

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Chris of the FarmFolk CityFolk Research and Education Seed Farm is a participant in the B.C. Land Matching Program, which 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 the B.C. Land Matching Program page to learn more about the program and to find a Young Agrarians Land Matcher in your region. Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your farm. I’m Chris Thoreau – former Seed Security Program Director at FarmFolk CityFolk. Our farm is a 3.5 acre site in Abbotsford, BC that is dedicated … Continue reading Chris Thoreau on Growing Seed on Leased Land

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Off-grid 1000 acre cattle ranch plus Crown rangeland near Punchaw Lake, B.C.

Posted by Jolene Swain on September 16, 2019

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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 When Susan and Walter moved to Barnes Creek Ranch in 1972, there was about 20 ares in production, a little house with no running water or electricity, and a log barn for square bales. The land consisted of 480 acres, a creek running through it and a cow/calf range permit. Property is on the historic Blackwater road between Quesnel and Prince George. Over the years land has been … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Off-grid 1000 acre cattle ranch plus Crown rangeland near Punchaw Lake, B.C.

NOV 2, 2019: KELOWNA, BC – OKANAGAN LAND LINK

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on September 16, 2019

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KELOWNA LAND LINKING WORKSHOP Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019  |  1-6pm Location: First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, B.C. Syilx Territory Refreshments & snacks provided. Please RSVP: Register now  – and don’t forget to join the Facebook event and share with your community! You can offer or request ride sharing in the Facebook event discussion, too.  Questions about this event, or about the B.C. Land Matching Program? Reach out to our Okanagan Land Matcher Tessa Wetherill at tessa@youngagrarians.org. Land Linking Workshop: Networking, Land Access Arrangements, B.C. Land Matching Program & Farmer Q&A! GOT LAND? WANT LAND? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? Are you a farmer looking for land? … Continue reading NOV 2, 2019: KELOWNA, BC – OKANAGAN LAND LINK

NOV 16, 2019: NELSON, BC – COLUMBIA BASIN LAND LINK

Posted by Hailey Troock on September 12, 2019

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NELSON LAND LINKING WORKSHOP Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019  |  1-6pm Location: North Shore Hall – 675 Whitmore Rd, Nelson, B.C. Sinixt, Ktunaxa and Syilx Territory Refreshments & snacks provided. Please RSVP: Register now – and don’t forget to join the Facebook Land Linking event and share with your community! You can offer or request ride sharing in the Facebook event discussion, too.  Questions about this event, or about the B.C. Land Matching Program? Reach out to our Columbia Basin Land Matcher Hailey Troock at hailey@youngagrarians.org. Land Linking Workshop: Networking, Land Access Arrangements, B.C. Land Matching Program & Farmer Q&A! GOT LAND? WANT LAND? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? … Continue reading NOV 16, 2019: NELSON, BC – COLUMBIA BASIN LAND LINK