Fall and Winter are times to pause, look inward, reflect, and dream. This is true for gardeners as it is for most of us who seek to live in tune with nature and the seasons. That sharp crisp touch of Fall air on our cheeks, leaves gracefully blowing off trees and into the garden, plants tucking themselves into bed as they gather energy in their roots, and squirrels hurriedly burying their bounty for winter meals. All of these moments give me pause to accept and celebrate the passing season for the gift that it was- bountiful, challenging, unexpected, and beautiful – and to dream of renewing the cycle of growth, creativity, and partnership with nature next Spring.
Looking back, I am overjoyed with how far Sage Rising has come! This year, we’ve established three backyard micro-farms, expanded our purchasing relationship with Fresh City Farms, created a volunteer program, and explored co-marketing with City Seed Farms at Junction Farmers’ Market. Community integration was one of our key priorities in 2013. Fnding land, purchasers, collaborators, and volunteers close to home helps us run our business sustainably and efficiently in collaboration with urban farming allies and community members.
Building on this year’s journey, Sage Rising will continue to grow our community-integrated model in 2013. Many thanks to all of the collaborators, volunteers, homeowners, and customers who made this season the amazing ride that it has been. We couldn’t have done it without you!
What’s to come for Sage Rising in 2014 you ask?
Here’s a sneak preview:
– We’ll be brewing up new and improved recipes for lotions, soaps, and lip balms for our 2014 collection. Smells gooooood!
– Sage Rising’s Herb of the Week will be available at Fresh City Farms‘ food box delivery program for the third year running. Yum!
– 2014’s fresh herb selection will include some of our top sellers including sweet and purple basil, thyme mix, lemon balm, Greek oregano, camomile, dill, and nasturtium.
– Plans for new partnerships with wholesale purchasers and farmers’ market collaboration for next year are in the works. More to come!
– After two years of tireless and passionate work, Jess will be stepping back from the business to focus on being a Mom, writing, and lots more. We’ll keep you posted on Jess’s activities. I [Caitlin] will be taking the helm for 2014 with the help of our amazing volunteers!
…you’ll have to wait until Spring to find our the rest…
That said, Sage Rising will be closed for the season starting November 16th 2013. We will re-open April 1st, 2014.
Wishing you a cozy and reflective winter from Sage Rising!