Flowing tides at sunset, Beach Meadows, Nova Scotia.
After three seasons of growing and learning in Toronto, Sage Rising is on the move. We’re temporarily closing our doors in order to open up sunny windows for professional growth, personal fulfillment, and adventure beyond the city limits. This next phase for Sage Rising is a little r&d into our prefered habitat, with winter in Peterborough and summer in South Shore Nova Scotia. It’s an adventure that will require creativity, flexibility, risk, and most importantly trust. Trust that ebb will be followed by flow, that change leads to growth, and that the universe will always provide. Trust that Sage Rising will find a way.
Long afternoon shadows on the Doucette’s farm, Ennismore (Peterborough), Ontario.
Looking back on the journey so far, I feel immense gratitude for every being that helped Sage Rising thrive – from the people who inspired right down to the worms who tilled the soil. I am speechless thinking of all the energy, inspiration, and love that Torontonians gave to nurture my business. Thank you to the homeowners who shared your land, to the volunteers who shared your labour, to the consumers who purchased our products, and to the collaborators who shared our passion.
Huge bear hugs go out to all the folks at Fresh City Farms for helping to get us started, to Jessica Barnes for nurturing the seed into a healthy seedling, to Amelia Croll and family for sharing your yard and my love of herbs, to Kelsey Patton for giving us your summer Mondays, and to Guy Doucette for nurturing the land with me over cups of coffee and fresh morning breezes every step of the way.
Most importantly, thank you to the land for all that you have yielded. With deep respect, we seek to leave you fertile, healthy, and diverse. May the soil we have helped to build and the plants we have nurtured rest deeply until rediscovered, with gratitude, by another backyard gardener.
My neighbour recently gave me an increadibly inspiring book called Farm City (2009) by Novella Carpenter, an urban farmer in Oakland, California. Her words resonate with this moment for Sage Rising, and for urban farming in Toronto:
Although my holding was small-and temporary-I had come to realize that urban farming wasn’t about one farm, just as one beehive isn’t about an individual bee…Urban farms have to be added together in order to make a farm. So when I say that I’m an urban “farmer,” I’m depending on other urban farmers, too. It’s only with them that our backyards and squatted gardens add up to something significant. And if one of ours goes down, another will spring up. (pg 269)
I beleive in you Toronto! Keep growing!
~ Caitlin Doucette (nee Langlois Greenham), Farmer-Owner
Caitlin with Lucy, her family’s dog, planting next year’s garlic, Port Medway, Nova Scotia.