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Canada: Chilliwack retiree to share unused farmland with urban farmer in need

Young Agrarians program is interested in fostering the next generation of farmers

By Jennifer Feinberg
The Chilliwack Progress
Jan. 23, 2018


A Yarrow retiree with property in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is hoping to link up with a young urban farmer in need of the fertile farmland.

“It sounded like a good idea to me,” said David Huxley, about the Young Agrarians’ Land Matching Program.

“I thought young farmers would be a good mix.”

The land-linking effort is a pilot project led by the Young Agrarians in partnership with Farm Folk City Folk Society.

The goal is to create seven to nine new farm operations in the Lower Mainland region in 2018 with the help of a land-matcher, and secure, legal leasing agreements.

After moving to the Yarrow community of Chilliwack, from White Rock last year to enjoy his retirement near family, Huxley also wanted to see something useful done with the farmland. The previous owner had maintained farm status by raising sheep and growing hedging trees for sale.

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