Participant in BC Land Matching Program
Total land size in acres
The whole farm is 26.41 acres, the opportunity is on approximately 18 of those acres.
Expansion potential (acres)
State of the surface of the cultivable area
The 18 acres has been in hay for several years and is in need of reseeding/cultivating. Was in hay production consistently for the last 10 years without fertilizing or cultivating. Took off one cut per year. Approximately 600, 70-80lb sq bales came off off the 12 acres last year, none off of a six acre portion as it was not cut/ baled. A second cut was possible for most of the past 10 years but was not cut as owners participated in a crop share and the farmer cutting/ baling hay never got back for the second cut. This field was not irrigated. Irrigation may be possible from water rights on Tompkins Pond.
Description and historical use of land available for farming
The hay fields have been in hay production for more than the last 20 years to owner’s knowledge. Fertilizing has not been done in the last 10 years, no knowledge of prior to that.
Yes - Access would be through the farm to the main 12 acres, access to the far 6 would be from the field over private driveway.
Yes - Electricity is available on the near field closest to homestead, which is the main 12 acres. There is no power available on the far 6 acres.
Yes - The cell service is good on the main farm but spotty at best on the far 6 acres.
Long-term goal or vision for land
The long term goal for the land is to see that it is put to good agricultural use. To grow food or fodder. To be sustainable and contribute to the community. To be clean of pesticides and chemicals, to give back to the earth, not take away.
Known environmental hazards (wildfire area, flooding, etc.)
Yes - Like all farms in the Okanagan, wildfires can be an imminent threat any given year.
Current residents living on property
Yes - Owners reside in the main house at the front of the property.
Availability of farm buildings
Yes - There is a portion of a 50’ x 20’ poly tunnel that could be ava if needed. The high tunnel has seasonal water and power inside. There is a 10 x 12 shelter at the end of the far 6 acres.
Land is fenced
Yes - 12 acres has new fence on 3 sides, 2 strand barbless x 3 strands. The dividing fence line between properties is in need of repair for livestock containment. As would be the new fence line depending on stock. The far 6 acres is fenced on all sides with a large opening at the far end which would need closing also for stock.
Availability of farm machinery and tools
Water rights to these sources
Yes - Water rights on Tompkins pond for domestic and livestock/irrigation
Restricted access of visitors
Yes - To be discussed based on business plan.
Types of production you are open to
I don't know
Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer(s)?
Do you require references from the farmer(s)?
Yes - Would require previous landlord references for cabin rental, as well as character references. Proof of farm practise and intention.
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