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Choosing the Right Agricultural Property

Looking for acreage for sale BC, Langley? Located in the southwestern portion of British Columbia, just east of Vancouver, the township spans 122 square miles, 75% of which lies within the Agricultural Land Reserve. It offers more land for farming than any other place in Fraser Valley.

Agricultural profile

When choosing agricultural property, it’s important to know soil and weather conditions in order to determine which crops to grow.

As one of the most fertile agricultural areas in Canada, Langley boasts of high quality soil and a climate that’s ideal for farming, and a diversity of crops and livestock. The township produces a significant amount of Metro Vancouver’s food supply.

The township’s cultivated field crops can be grouped into 10 main categories:

  • Vegetables (i.e. sweet corn, cole, cucurbits, pumpkins)
  • Vine and berry crops (i.e. blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes)
  • Nursery and tree plantations (i.e. ornamentals, shrubs, Christmas trees, cedar hedging, and fibre, pulp, and veneer trees)
  • Tree fruits
  • Nut trees
  • Forage and pasture (i.e., grass, forage corn, legumes)
  • Oats
  • Floriculture
  • Turf
  • Other (i.e. crop transition, bare cultivated land, fallow land)

Vine crops, berries, and forage and pasture make up 91% of all cultivated land in the township.

There’s a strong emphasis on viable and sustainable of agriculture through local food production and diversification.

Practical considerations

Before making a purchase, learn as much as you can about the township to determine if you’ll be content living in the area and that there will be enough opportunities to generate the income you’ll need.

These considerations include:

  • Average income – According to BC Business, the median household income in 2018 was $116,720, much higher than the national average of $70,300. The average household spent $6,088 on recreation.
  • Average age – 32.5% of the population is aged between 0-45, while 43% is between 45-64.
  • Major employers – The local government is one of the biggest employers in town. Other major employers include EV Logistics, Fraser Health Authority, and Costco, according to Wow Jobs Canada.
  • Property types – Buyers can choose from a diverse selection of detached homes, attached units, apartments, farm properties, and vacant land.
  • Local amenities – Residents have access to recreation centers, sports fields, skating rinks, skateboard parks, nature trails, and over 1,900 acres of open space. The most popular entertainment venue is Langley Events Centre.
  • Transportation – Developments such the Golden Ears Bridge, Port Mann Bridge, and the newly expanded Trans-Canada Highway have allowed for more commuters in Langley. The local government also removed tolls in recent years. The township is roughly 40 kilometers away from Downtown Vancouver.
  • Land development – Because three-quarters of the township sits on the Agricultural Land Reserve, the majority of commercial, industrial, and residential developments are confined to Surrey’s western border.

Property size and land usage

According to the 2016 Census of Agriculture, Langley farms span 10 hectares on average, though roughly 49% of all farm properties in town are just under four hectares.

44% of agricultural properties range from four to 28 hectares in size, while 7% span 28 to 162 hectares. Only 0.5% of agricultural properties exceed 162 hectares.

According to the Land Use Inventory Report, the township’s cultivated fields are usually smaller than 2 hectares. As of 2010, there were 2,833 crop fields average three hectares.

However, larger parcels present a wider range of opportunities for farming production.

Ready to buy agricultural land in Langley, BC? Let Don Munro Real Estate assist you. Get in touch with us at 604.817.7338 or BotSoldMunro(at)gmail(dotted)com to start the search.

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