My hubby and I have spent our Saturday mornings for quite some time driving out to Langley to pick up chicken feed, go to the livestock auction, have breaky at Otter Co-op and drive around drooling over farms.
Chatting with Joel Salatin about our farming aspirations and the challenges we face in finding our forever farm, he made a point that stuck with me. We must not forget that there are lots of old-timer farmers out there with the opposite worry: how am I going to get OUT of farming?
More than half of current principle farm operators are over the age of 55. In the next 20 years, 70 percent of farmland will change hands.
Many of these folks don’t want to see their beloved farms turned into golf-courses, or worse yet, a suburban sub-division. But if you don’t have (willing) family to pass the farm to, what do you do?
So. Believing that the world is a serendipitous place, rather than just pouring over the MLS listings, we are sending this message out into the universe.
We are on the search for our forever farm. Maybe it is your farm. Maybe it is the farm of someone you know.
We would love to be the answer to that question for a family who needs to leave the farm, but wants to see it continued to be cared for by stewards who will love it as much as they do.
A bit about us:
We are a young married couple in our early 30’s. We have an 11 month old boy and plans for more. We are Master Organic Gardeners, urban farmers, backyard-chicken wranglers. My hubby is a farm boy from Ontario, I’m a city girl from BC. We build houses. We dream of a life for our children that involves hard work, fresh air and good food. Our goal is to leave city life behind within two years.
A bit about our dream farm:
We need to keep our day jobs for a while. That means our farm needs to be somewhere within commuting distance to Vancouver, BC. Our dream location? The Otter District in Langley, BC. We are looking for 5 to 10 acres. We want to farm organically – the quality of the soil is a key concern. We want to raise pastured poultry, goats for milk and the odd hog. We’d like access to water and / or the opportunity for a pond. The dream house? A traditional farmhouse we can lovingly restore. Pastures, pond, some mature trees, space for a small orchard and a large vegetable garden. That is our dream.
Of course, this is about our dream.
We don’t expect to find our perfect dream farm right out the gate. But we hope we will find something that has the potential to become our dream farm. We aren’t millionaires. We have boundaries and limitations on our dreams like everyone else. But that won’t stop us from trying to get as close as we can.
This blog post is part one of our message in a bottle.
We have other ideas as well, which we’ll share as we go. Hopefully our message will somehow find it’s way.