Existing certified organic orchard plus one acre for market garden

Delta, Ontario, Canada

2-5 acres

About

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  • Opportunity available:
  • Business partnership
  • Lease
  • Available facilities and equipment:
  • Irrigation capacity
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Processing facilities
  • Preferred arrangement model:
  • Lease
  • Partnership
  • Available acreage:
  • 2-5 acres
  • 1 acre or less
  • Soil type on farm:
  • Loam
  • Current farming practices:
  • Certified organic
  • Current land use:
  • Livestock
  • Hay or pasture
  • Woodlot
  • Fruit/berries/grapes
  • Preferred farming experience for farmer:
  • Practical farming experience (including work as a farm intern or employee)
  • Desired farming practices by a new farmer:
  • Certified organic
  • Ecological production but not certified
  • Biodynamic
  • Agricultural products I am interested being cultivated on my property:
  • Flowers
  • Fruit/berries/grapes
  • Herbs
  • Seeds, seedlings or nursery stock
  • Vegetables
  • Years experience of new farmer:
  • No preference

Farm description

We have approximately 400 acres of land (most of it bush and rocks) that we have stewarded under organic certification since 2014. Our specialty is pasture/forest raised animals. We use regenerative agriculture processes to raise our pigs, meat chicken, laying hens and sheep. Stewarding the land and animals along with providing the best, most nutritionally dense food possible to our loyal customers is what we are all about.

Farm opportunity

Approximately 10 years ago we started planting 1/2 acre of fruit and nut trees: pears, asian pears, plums, plumcots, apples, table grapes, black rasperries, seaberries, hazelnuts and heartnuts. The orchard has been certified organic since 2014. Adjacent to the orchard is a one acre (approximately) field where we have pastured meat chicken in the past. The soil is deep and very fertile from the chicken pasturing. So far we have had a lot of blossoms but not much fruit from the orchard. I'm sure this is due to our total hands-off approach (the animals always seem more important!). We would like to partner or lease this land to someone who would take over the orchard and adjacent field to operate a market garden business. Foraging, mushroom growing, medicinal herbs (not cannibis), beehives, etc would also be a great idea and compliment what we are already doing. There is a pond and a creek that runs through our property which could be accessed for water. The organic farmers' market in Ottawa where we sell our products is actively looking for an organic vegetable producer. Unfortunately we have no housing but we would be open to allowing an off-grid trailer or tiny house. If you are interested let's start a discussion of your ideas.