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Turn-Key Market Garden Farm Qualicum Beach, BC, ready for you!!

Located in Vancouver Island

Land Details

Participant in BC Land Matching Program
Yes - This land opportunity is participating in the BC Land Matching Program. For more information, contact azja@youngagrarians.org
Total land size in acres
14 acres
Wooded Area
Yes - 12 acres undeveloped
Cultivable Area
1.5 acres
Expansion potential (acres)
Yes - There is an ability to clear and level additional growing spaces with further discussion needed
Zoning
ALR
Current use
  • Vegetable - Mixed assortment of field and greenhouse crops
Current practices
  • Organic -
State of the surface of the cultivable area

Fall vegetables currently in the ground along with fall rye and oats for cover crops

Description and historical use of land available for farming

We are a successful organic market garden farm (certification ended July 2020) operating for 9 seasons growing food on about 1 acre of land and keeping .5 acres in cover crop.

Road Access
Yes - Public gravel road to our property with solid base driveway and blue-chip to the store and the barn
Electricity
Yes - Two 200 amp services to the property with one dedicated to the farm
Cell Service
Yes - Full cell coverage
Long-term goal or vision for land

We want the next potential farmers of this land to continue making this a successful market garden growing amazing food and feeding a great community. We want the land to be farmed organically and the farmers will maintain stewardship of the land.

Known environmental hazards (wildfire area, flooding, etc.)
No
Current residents living on property
Yes - Owners residence on the farm, separately fenced half acre
Availability of farm buildings
Yes - We have a 30x100' greenhouse with automated sides and fans, 12x50 ' starter greenhouse with a hot water heated germination table 4' x 42' also used for fall storage, built in 2019. A mobile 10x13 foot chicken coop if you so desire to have some chicken ladies. We have a kick ass harvest area in our 44x48 foot barn organized and ready for washing and packing, as well as a 11x15' cold storage room. Full size walk in cooler (20'x8) and a farm store on the property
Land is fenced
Yes - The property if fully fenced 4 ft high agricultural with the growing areas having deer fencing
Availability of farm machinery and tools
Yes - A gas powered BCS853, with 34" power harrow, 36" flail mower and a rotary plow as well as a 6x14' cargo trailer that we pack up for market (further discussion on use and maintenance needs to be agreed upon). We have full irrigation systems, drip and overhead, lots of shade cloth, electric fencing, T-post trellising with steel pipes for bracing. We have a 50'x50' and 50'x120' fenced pens when we used to have pigs and chickens. Our growing beds are all on 5' centers, with about 4000 feet of ground cover for weed suppression. Jang seeder, earth way seeder, broadcast seeders, flame weeder, miscellaneous hand and garden tools including wheel barrows.
Water source
  • Well -
Water rights to these sources
No
On-site housing
Yes
Restricted access of visitors
Yes - The working area of the farm is controlled by electric gates therefore allowing people in by invitation.(workers/volunteers/guests)
Preferred Agriculture Products
  • Vegetable -
Practices preferred
  • Organic -
Agronomic potential
Excellent
Soil details
  • Rocky soil - Area has been rock picked throughout the years
  • General fertility (nutrients) - 2020 soil tests available
  • Good drainage - Most of the area drains well with a few small pockets of wetter areas
Preferred arrangement
  • Lease -
  • License -
Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer(s)?
Yes - We have good local knowledge of crops to market and sell in this area based on the past nine seasons of sales. We keep good records and are willing to share. Details of how the mentoring will work can be discussed further.
Do you require references from the farmer(s)?
Yes - Specifically related to previous experience managing, working or operating farm businesses showing competency in farming
Agreement duration
We would want a minimum 1 year commitment and definitely open to discussing longer terms.

Learn More

Message Listing Owner

Email: azja@youngagrarians.org

Address

445 LARKDOWNE RD
QUALICUM BEACH, BC, V9K 2N8
CA

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