One Acre Market Garden Land Available

Owen Sound, Grey County, Canada

1 acre or less

About

Message
  • Opportunity available:
  • Lease
  • Business partnership
  • Available facilities and equipment:
  • Irrigation capacity
  • Irrigation equipment
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Cold storage
  • Preferred arrangement model:
  • MOU
  • Available acreage:
  • 1 acre or less
  • Soil type on farm:
  • Clay loam
  • Current farming practices:
  • Ecological production, but not certified
  • Current land use:
  • Livestock
  • Market garden
  • Hay or pasture
  • Woodlot
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit/berries/grapes
  • Preferred farming experience for farmer:
  • Practical farming experience (including work as a farm intern or employee)
  • Current or past farm business owner
  • No preference
  • Desired farming practices by a new farmer:
  • Ecological production but not certified
  • Other_R
  • Agricultural products I am interested being cultivated on my property:
  • Flowers
  • Fruit/berries/grapes
  • Herbs
  • Vegetables
  • Seeds, seedlings or nursery stock
  • Years experience of new farmer:
  • 1-2 years
  • 3-5 years

Farm description

We have recently retired the one acre market garden portion of our farm, after 14 seasons, to concentrate on our sheep operation, and are interested in providing this one acre of land to farmers. We are offering the land for use without cost, with the idea of a trial period for both parties, and then a longer term, also without cost, arrangement made.

Farm opportunity

The ecological market garden was run here for fourteen seasons, on different plots, with the current one being used for the last five years. Current beds are roughly three feet wide with two foot paths, 125’ feet long. The garden has been managed mostly no-till for the past three seasons, so they are in different states of ‘cover’, depending on what was last grown in the bed. The entire plot has been managed on a three way rotation (cucurbit/greens, tomatoes/legumes, roots/brassicas). There are potentially 60+ beds available for use. Irrigation has been done via drip lines, with well water, supplemented by water pumped from the pond. The 1.5” header lines and drip tape likely still have a few more years of use, though could use some updating/replacement. Many of the spigots/plugs can be reused with new piping. There is also a BCS 722 Harvester rototiller with a hiller attachment, which would be available for use. We also have various pieces of landscape fabric and black fleece mulch which have been used to clear beds for the last few seasons. We have a good supply of harvest bins (black tulip crates) and tub trugs. The wash station is somewhat rudimentary and could do with a better set up and sinks/tubs. We have always started all our seedlings in soil blocks, so we have both the 12 and 20 block stand up soil block makers, as well as many mesh plastic trays to put them in. There is a tractor here, and occasional tractor work could be carried out for farmers. The wash station and eight by eight Coolbot walk in cooler is located in one of our barns, which is 600 feet from the current garden. There is a second driveway which leads to the garden field, when things are dry enough to allow vehicle passage. There is currently no electrical power at the field, and only a very small tool shed for shelter. The one acre of land is available for farming following basic ecological/organic principles, we are assuming this will mean a vegetable market garden, but are open to other ideas. There is room on the rest of the property to run a grass based poultry operation, for layers or broilers, provided it fits in with sheep grazing rotations. We’re hoping this can be an opportunity for experienced farmers to run a farm enterprise here. Our previous market garden was mostly sold into the GTA, and in our experience there is a limited market locally for organic produce. We picture farmers interested to be capable and willing to run their own business and farm operation, although we would be open to offering advice if needed. Farmers would need to sort out their own housing, but we are fine with having trailers or small homes set up here.