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We're Nuts Farm

Located in Kootenays F38b1411 8a97 4227 9ceb 87bc6d8b5a45

Land Details

Participant in BC Land Matching Program
Total land size in acres
Wooded Area
Yes - 9
Cultivable Area
Expansion potential (acres)
Current use
  • Vegetable - mixed garden
  • Livestock - Muscovy Ducks, Chickens, Rabbits
  • Hay & Forage - Mixed grass, vetch, clover, a bit of alfalfa
  • Orchard/Fruit - Apple, Pear, Plum, a bit of Peach and walnut, strawberries,blackberries, raspberries
  • Greenhouse - small mostly for starts and some season extension
  • Other - 96 hazelnuts (blight resistant) planted 2018
Current practices
  • Certified Organic -
State of the surface of the cultivable area

grass and some legume fields - gentle slope, also 2 new small terraced garden areas need more soil improvement -minor field crop trials done

Description and historical use of land available for farming

Pasture and hay, orchard, berries - mild North facing slope with excellent summer sun, lower 4 acres fully deer fenced, upper 5 acres partial livestock fence. Was a much larger Dairy Farm. Small dairy and barn with hayloft, tractor shed, good sized coop, and two smaller livestock sheds. Directly across the road from Kootenay lakeshore with private right-of-way to the water.

Road Access
Yes - on the quiet main road
Cell Service
Long-term goal or vision for land

Open to fully use the potential to add to local food resilience. New large pond uphill will be lined to accumulate water during the "wet season" from shared creek water system, this spring. Interest in : closed loops ...ruminants and cheese? Aquaculture? Possibly larger in-ground greenhouse? Processing nuts ? Sunflower oil (pressing)? Possibly a longterm arrangement and succession like the Danish Co-Housing village model.

Known environmental hazards (wildfire area, flooding, etc.)
Yes - Wildfire - pond being created to assure some water source protection
Current residents living on property
Yes - 1 couple - we are seniors
Availability of farm buildings
Yes - potentially all negotiable
Land is fenced
Yes - 4 acres deer fenced + 5 acres incomplete livestock fencing
Availability of farm machinery and tools
Yes - negotiable....tractor and implements, rototiller, hoss wheel hoe, hand tools
Water source
    Water rights to these sources
    Yes - licensed irrig + domestic
    On-site housing
    Restricted access of visitors
    Yes - possible restriction only if a lot of traffic - would be kept to area near gate
    Types of production you are open to
    • Vegetable -
    • Livestock -
    • Grain -
    • Seed -
    • Hay & Forage -
    • Orchard/Fruit -
    • Mixed -
    • Flower - Sunflower
    • Greenhouse -
    • Bees -
    • Mushroom -
    Practices preferred
    • Certified Organic -
    • Organic -
    Agronomic potential
    Soil details
    • Texture - mixed - areas of sandy loam, some silt some below-surface clay in small areas
    • Rocky soil - a few small areas somewhat rocky
    • Sloping - mild slope - i.e. safe for sidehill crossing by tractor
    • Thick topsoil - variable - generally more than 4 inches
    • Slope orientation and degree of slope (specify) - North, +- 4 degrees
    • General fertility (nutrients) - Fields could use P Mg S some areas w less legumes N as well
    • Soil grittiness - Variable but majority of fields not bad
    • Good drainage - for the great majority
    Preferred arrangement
    • MOU -
    Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer(s)?
    Yes - Regenerative gardening, orchard training /pruning, drip irrigation in orchard, limited field crop experience and with small livestock
    Do you require references from the farmer(s)?
    Yes - Ideally Re: growing and/or tenancy
    Agreement duration
    1st round 4-6 months- willingness to clarify and communicate

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