alberta land access


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 YA UMap 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 Melisa, 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. Melisa 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 UMAP 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 UMAP Listing under the category “Farmer Looking For Land” and contact Melisa to discuss your farm business idea. 


Melisa Zapisocky, Alberta Land Access Coordinator –
or call 1.855.561.4633 (if leaving a voicemail, please detail where you are calling from). 

Alberta Land Access

For Melisa, food is a great teacher and connector to people, and the land. Under the guidance of many mentors, she has had the good fortune to work in a variety of ag-related positions that have covered a wide spectrum of learning and living, from experiencing and contributing labour in fields and greenhouses, to teaching and training market managers, and building urban agriculture programs. She has helped develop agri-tourism business, worked market stalls and coordinated programs to support resilience in the organic grain and livestock industry. Melisa continues to be inspired by those who grow food and care for the land and is delighted to contribute to the YA vision.


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.


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.


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