The Town of Kapuskasing is seeking a producer for its Demonstration Farm
By Diego Flammini
A town in northern Ontario is looking for a farmer to manage its research farm.
The Town of Kapuskasing will be seeking proposals to find a new tenant for the Demonstration Farm located within the Great Clay Belt.
The farm is the former site of an Agriculture Canada research facility. The Kapuskasing Economic Development Corporation purchased the farm from the federal government in 2015.
The research farm includes more than 850 acres of land suitable for cattle production, 5,000 square feet of office space, a laboratory with equipment, and 40 acres for crop trials and research. The soils in the area range from Class 2 to Class 4.
The previous farmer broke the agreement with two years left on the lease.
Prospective producers would bid on the right to lease the farm for the remaining two years. Details of the agreement would change after that two-year period.
“We want to continue to lease (the farm) for another two years to complete the five years that were initially set out,” Guylain Baril, chief administrative officer with the Town of Kapuskasing, told Northern Ontario Business today. “At the end of the five years, the lease would be a lease to buy, so the person would have the option to buy it.”
Officials have concluded an inventory of farm equipment and interested producers can include the equipment in their bids, Baril said.
Farms.com has reached out to Baril for more details on the bidding process and details surrounding the farm.
Francis Bouchard/Radio-Canada photo