“I scored huge through this program and have started growing on some land near Edmonton.
Such a dream. I am forever grateful to YA for helping link me to this fantasy opportunity!”
– Moira M., Alberta land seeker (2021)

ALBERTA LAND ACCESS SUPPORT

For new and landless farmers accessing land is the number one challenge to farming. Land prices and the average age of farmers are going up year-after-year, and more people than ever before live in urban areas. Hearing from older farmers in Alberta, Young Agrarians also knows that many 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 gain the knowledge, experience and skills needed to start their dream farm business on shared land. 

Now is the time to get creative and work together in new ways to figure out different types of land sharing agreements that are beneficial to both parties. 


YA began offering land access workshops in Alberta in 2016. In 2021 we launched the Alberta Land Access Guide, and now we’re thrilled to be offering 1:1 land access support in Alberta!

Our Alberta Land Access Coordinator helps land seekers and landholders develop their vision and communicate their goals, needs and expectations in a way that is mutually beneficial to everyone involved in land sharing arrangements.

Alberta Land Access Support provides:

  • An online and searchable inventory of Alberta land opportunities through the Young Agrarians U-Map and YA Land Blog.
  • Referrals to resources for business development and legal support.
  • Educational events and resources to increase knowledge and foster connection  between land seekers and landholders.
  • 1:1 Technical support for land seekers to choose a path towards accessing land, and for landholders considering making their land available to a farmer.

LANDHOLDERS: Have land you’d like to see farmed? 

Alberta landholders can contact Alex, our Alberta Land Access Coordinator to talk about their land opportunity and learn more about non-family land sharing arrangements. Starting this process early is best; it takes time to create your vision and connect to the right farmer. 

Create a YA U-MAP and Blog listing

Once you have some idea on what you’re offering, it’s time to get noticed. The land listing section on the Young Agrarians U-MAP provides landholders with a space to list their land opportunity with relevant details such as land use history, water rights, housing information, and more. Level up your promotion by connecting to YA’s extensive and online network through our YA Land Blog. Alex will work with you to create a custom blog with submitted photos that describes your unique land opportunity. 

FARMERS: Looking for land in Alberta?

If you are looking to start or grow your farm business on leased or shared land, the YA U-MAP and YA Land Blog can help. Check these online resources regularly to view new listings that can connect you with land opportunities. Be sure to submit your own U-MAP Listing under the category “Farmer Looking For Land” and contact Alex to discuss your farm business idea. 


ALBERTA LAND ACCESS TEAM 

Alex Pulwicki, Alberta Land Access Coordinator –  alex@youngagrarians.org
or call 1.855.561.4633 (if leaving a voicemail, please include where you are calling from). 

Alex loves nothing more than bringing together people to celebrate local food and farms! As the Land Access Coordinator she gets to meet new farmers and landholders and help them to connect with the resources and support needed for building strong relationships. She enjoys learning from all the amazing farmers in Alberta and finding ways to support challenges faced by new and experienced farmers. Alex has worked and volunteered at a number of farms across Alberta and is passionate about local dairy and cheesemaking. She currently sits on the Edmonton Food Council and is in the early stages of starting a small herbal tea farm. You can reach Alex at alex@youngagrarians.org.


ONLINE LAND ACCESS RESOURCES

Whatever stage you are at, whether it’s finding land, the right farmer, or entering into a land arrangement and starting your business, Young Agrarians can help. Check out all our land access tools and resources here, and if you’re in B.C. check out the B.C. Land Matching Program.

ALBERTA RESOURCES FOR NEW FARMERS

How to Start Farming in Alberta: A starter kit for those wondering how to start farming in Alberta.

YA Business Bootcamp for Farmers: This online, community-based program is packed full of content and activities that will guide you through writing your farm business plan. 

YA Farm Apprenticeships: Young Agrarians and our network of exceptional mentor farmers are offering advanced, full-immersions, hands-on apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture.


SPONSORS

Thank you to the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) for supporting our land access work in Alberta! 

Alberta Land Access

Connect with Land Access Support

Landholders and farmers, please fill out the info below to connect with us for Land Access Support. Once you submit the form, we will be in touch to learn more about your land or farm vision and needs. We do our best to reply to inquiries within three business days. We look forward to seeing how we can support your land access needs!

PLEASE NOTE! If the application form is left open for too long there is the potential for the information you’ve entered to be lost. In order to prevent this from happening, we recommend completing your short answers in a separate word doc and copying them over once you are ready to submit.