BC Young Farmer Rental Program Grows to 203 Properties – Vanderhoof Omineca Express


BC’s assistance program for leasing land to new farmers has matched 203 properties, with provincial assistance to local governments and charitable foundations.

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham visited a farm in the Comox Valley on Wednesday to tour a rotating market garden operating on 1.5 acres that supplies an on-farm produce stand, local farmers’ market and local local restaurants. Farmer Sarah Wilson operates Pendleton Farm, with a lease through the BC Land Matching Program, administered by a foundation called Young agrarians.

“As a new farmer starting a business, I did not have access to capital to purchase land and was fortunate enough to connect with the landowners on whom I now lease the Pendleton Farm property” , Wilson said on April 13. The BC Land Matching Program has provided us with professional knowledge and support during lease negotiations, and the landlords and I have been much more comfortable having these resources, which help people get off to a good start when they cross all the obstacles of agriculture. .”

The BC government has funded the program to the tune of $1.8 million since 2018, matching properties and farmers from all regions of the province. The program has established 51 matches in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, 59 on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 53 in the Thompson-Okanagan region, 20 in the Columbia Basin and 20 in Central and northern British Columbia, with over 9,000 acres in operation. .

“Affordable access to land is the biggest hurdle that new and young farmers face today to start farms,” ​​said Sara Dent, executive director of Young Agrarians.

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