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Lease a Greenhouse for an Aquaponic or Hydroponic Urban Farm - Saanich

Located in Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands 6c4395da 6c8f 4355 a319 d0a231643c2e

Land Details

Participant in BC Land Matching Program
Yes - This opportunity is participating in the BC Land Matching Program. For more information, contact azja@youngagrarians.org
Total land size in acres
Wooded Area
No
Cultivable Area
1400 ft2
Expansion potential (acres)
Yes - Potential for additional greenhouse and/or indoor space: 3500 ft2
Zoning
ALR
Current use
  • Mixed - Built as a commercial koi fish farm. Currently applying permaculture principles on the 3 acre property, raising some koi, along with home garden.
Current practices
  • Organic -
State of the surface of the cultivable area

70x20 ft greenhouse has been repaired and partially converted from koi production to plant production - with a new polycarbonate roof, ventilation, a dedicated seeding area, plumbing and sump tank. Plus materials for 100 vertical grow towers and a 50x8 ft DWC trough.

Description and historical use of land available for farming

Situated near Prospect Lake, only 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, the greenhouse is on a 3 acre property with a home occupied by the owner, plus extensive outbuildings that were built as a commercial koi fish farm.

Road Access
Yes - Close proximity to Victoria, driveway to the building
Electricity
Yes - A grid-tied solar energy system.
Cell Service
Yes
Long-term goal or vision for land

Owners saw the creative potential of the property when they bought it three years ago. They've a vision of it as a hub for the development of innovative sustainable technologies and models for healthy living. The koi-raising facilities are suited for growing food aquaponically, to contribute to the local food system. The owners are community-minded with ongoing creative projects, on the property, of their own and with others - including an Aikido dojo, meditation space, art studio, woodworking shop, and electronics workshop. Projects are informed by permaculture design principles. Seeking self-directed individual(s) who are keen to tap into and contribute to this conscious, creative and collaborative energy.

Known environmental hazards (wildfire area, flooding, etc.)
No
Current residents living on property
Yes - Owners live in a home on the property
Availability of farm buildings
Yes - there are buildings and structures that can be used depending on the operation's needs
Land is fenced
No
Availability of farm machinery and tools
Yes - Some of the materials and tools for aquaponics are available.
Water source
  • Well -
Water rights to these sources
Yes - Commercial license pending.
On-site housing
No
Restricted access of visitors
No
Types of production you are open to
  • Vegetable - Greens and culinary herbs are best suited for aquaponics.
Practices preferred
  • Organic -
Agronomic potential
Excellent
Soil details
    Preferred arrangement
    • Lease -
    Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer(s)?
    No
    Do you require references from the farmer(s)?
    Yes - Prefer experience in hydroponics or aquaponics
    Agreement duration
    3 years
    Last modifed about 1 year ago; never expires.