This beautiful property is the complete package for those seeking to combine self-sufficiency with income potential. The current owners have created a successful mixed working farm with multiple income streams including hay, asparagus, grass-fed beef, eggs, and more.
There's plenty of room to add your own ideas too. Garlic and other annual crops, U-Pick berries, grapes, meat birds, ducks or geese, and pigs are definite possibilities on this well-drained, South facing property that gets plenty of sun. Additional income streams now permitted on ALR land include educational farm tours and agritourism (on-farm accommodation).
The land is meticulously maintained with regular patrols to remove thistle, broom, tansy and other invasive plants. It is well-drained with little to no pooling water even in winter, and the land can be worked practically any day of the year. The property has excellent perimeter and cross fencing, and is 100% usable. There are many outbuildings including a 10' x 16' chicken coop, a large workshop with pit and 220 power, a fully stocked garden shed, and a spacious 2 story barn less than 7 years old.
Current farm tax status is in place on this ALR land, with property taxes less than $1,300 per year (approx $500 per year with the homeowner grant). Yes, per year.
There is abundant, clean water with two good wells (10GPM and 30GPM), and water licenses are already in place. Early application for the licenses means this property has first rights on agricultural water drawn directly from the Cedar aquifer, should this source become regulated in the future. Underground irrigation systems carry water throughout the farm, and include frost-free standpipes for winter watering needs.
The 3 bedroom main farm house has thermal windows, a huge deck, and a completely self-contained bachelor suite as well as several integrated work areas. A large additional room downstairs can be a rec room, storage, meeting space, additional bedroom, etc.
There is also a separate and private like new 3
bedroom manufactured home. Each home has its own driveway, hydro
meter and parking. Barn is also metered separately.
location can't be beat, as the farm is situated on a quiet country road
with extensive views over farming valleys and island mountains, yet it's only a 15 minute drive to downtown Nanaimo and 10 minutes to the airport or ferry.
If you’re looking to become more self-sufficient, earn an income
and enjoy the serenity of country living, look no further!
If you would like to know more about our beautiful farm property, please use the form below to send a request directly to our listing realtors. They will send you the detailed MLS listing and will also be happy to arrange a showing.
purchased our farm in April 2013 as a retirement project, and immediately began implementing a plan to create a viable mixed
working farm. After investing heavily in infrastructure such as fencing,
irrigation, land clearing and drainage, we then set about acquiring the
machinery and equipment necessary to work the land, harvest our own hay
and tend to maintenance and upkeep.
To make better use of the large market garden, we planted high-value perennial crops such as asparagus, berries and even a fig orchard. These have been continuously mulched for several years to help reduce the need for watering and to keep weeds at bay, making the workload much lighter over the long term. The perennial crops complement the annual vegetables we grow each year for both our own use and for direct sales to our customers.
After experimenting with different livestock, we settled on raising what we found to be most profitable and enjoyable: laying hens for eggs, Nigerian Dwarf goats for sweet, creamy milk (and sales of pets and future family milk goats), East Friesian sheep for milk/cheese as well as meat lambs, and Highland and Dexter cattle for grass-fed beef and gentle family milk cows. We’ve also successfully raised pigs and geese on our land.
Early on we decided to sell all of our farm produce directly to consumers in order to realize the highest profit margin, and to provide the personal connection to the land and the animals that our customers desire. Our marketing consists mainly of online strategies such as Facebook and our highly trafficked website, both of which draw regular inquiries. We supply a local restaurant with eggs and produce, and also have a farm gate setup complete with signage.
We are very proud of the fact that our animals are much-loved and very well cared for using natural husbandry methods whenever possible. Through gentle handling, regular routines, and plenty of positive reinforcement, we have established relationships of mutual respect with our animals, which makes day to day management very easy. By offering a livestock package as an optional component of the sale, we desire to give the new owners a gentle and positive introduction to animal husbandry.
developed systems that work very well for our animals and on our land:
pasture rotation, seasonal housing changes, kidding, lambing and calving
setups, breeding management, manure and waste management, even
integrated systems that see our animals doing some of the work for us
such as composting, brush clearing, weed management, soil improvement,
Although there will always be more to do, we are very pleased with how much we’ve been able to accomplish. Because we don't have children who wish to take up farming, we've decided to move on to new adventures, perhaps do some traveling, and continue to look for opportunities to learn and grow. We are excited to be passing the torch to someone else with the same passion we have for stewarding the land and the animals in our care.