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1/2 acre garden at Botanical Garden in the Comox Valley

Located in Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands A75afa0b 7c35 409b aaf2 848edbd6129b
The 1/2 acre vegetable garden at Innisfree Farm, an internationally registered Botanical Garden and herbal farm near Courtenay on Vancouver Island, is available for lease to a mature and experienced grower. Innisfree is a nature oasis with a mission, and has been helping people seek Wellness in Nature for over 10 years. The farm showcases medicinal and food plants and educates about native plants and conservation with an array of classes, workshops and programs. They hope to find a community minded grower with strong vegetable production experience to take on the vegetable garden, ideally running a CSA or similar program that can sell produce to the farm's onsite cafe as well as the farm's many regular visitors for events, workshops etc.

Land Details

Participant in BC Land Matching Program
Yes - This opportunity is participating in the BC Land Matching Program. Contact azja@youngagrarians.org to start a conversation.
Total land size in acres
7 acre
Wooded Area
No
Cultivable Area
1 acre
Expansion potential (acres)
Yes - there is potential to expand the growing space if desired, especially to the adjacent 1/2 acre which has been left fallow in recent years
Zoning
ALR
Current use
  • Vegetable - vegetables for market garden
  • Orchard/Fruit - apples, nuts, small fruit (raspberries and blueberries)
Current practices
  • Organic -
State of the surface of the cultivable area

1/2 acre cultivated and 1/2 in grass

Description and historical use of land available for farming

flat land, fairly wet in winter, was a horse ranch until 15 years ago when I installed the veggie garden

Road Access
Yes - road and driveway access directly to the site
Electricity
Yes - power is available at out buildings
Cell Service
Yes
Long-term goal or vision for land

we prefer to keep the garden in vegetable production

Known environmental hazards (wildfire area, flooding, etc.)
No
Current residents living on property
Yes - owners Thierry and Chanchal live in the main house
Availability of farm buildings
Yes - market stand with coolers, limited space in the barn
Land is fenced
Yes - 6.5 ft metallic deer fence all around the property
Availability of farm machinery and tools
Yes - some tools are available for sharing
Water source
  • Well -
  • Irrigation system -
  • Other - municipal water at 5 outlets on the property
Water rights to these sources
Yes - small well dug next to the greenhouse
On-site housing
No - it may be possible to build or bring a mobile home to the land, to be discussed
Restricted access of visitors
No
Types of production you are open to
  • Vegetable - all vegetables
  • Orchard/Fruit - maintain existing berries
Practices preferred
  • Organic -
Agronomic potential
Good
Soil details
  • Texture - sandy loam
  • General fertility (nutrients) - garden beds have been heavily amended with seaweed, wood chips, grass clippings
  • Good drainage - sandy loam drains well
Preferred arrangement
  • Lease -
  • License -
Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer(s)?
No - owners can share their knowledge of the site, but this is an opportunity for an experienced grower
Do you require references from the farmer(s)?
Yes
Agreement duration
trial period with potential for long term
Last modifed 5 months ago; never expires.