The B.C. Land Access Guide is for beginning farmers wanting to pursue farming and find land. The guide shares the stories of a handful of young and new B.C. farmers and how they have accessed land. It has a checklist for assessing land for agricultural suitability, a breakdown of different types of land access arrangements, and a list of questions for when negotiating an arrangement with a landholder.
The YA Lease and Licence templates were adapted by Young Agrarians and Linking Land and Farmers from FarmFolk CityFolk Society and The Land Conservancy of British Columbia’s “A Guide to Farmland Access Agreements.” The templates include clauses specific to agriculture and a plain English side-bar to support the user to understand how to work with the template.
***Please note: these templates are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each land sharing relationship will be unique and thus require a unique agreement. It is necessary to customize these templates for your situation. We strongly recommend that you connect with a Land Matcher through the B.C. Land Matching Program prior to using these templates. Land Matchers can tailor an agreement to meet your needs and situation and have the agreement reviewed by a lawyer, all at no cost to you.
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