“The best things are very close….
The air that we breathe
the light in our eyes
the flowers at our feet
the tasks at hand”
Northwood is one-part prairie sensibility and one-part west coast reverie. Ian & Christina King met in 2008 at a small farmers’ market in Victoria, British Columbia. Ian, growing up with a green thumb in Calgary, had wandered west to attend the Pacific College of Horticulture. After partnering to start an organically based landscaping company, he had become enraptured with the edible side of gardening and started Backyard Fresh Farming with two friends. Christina found herself on the coast studying yoga, nature and youth education after taking a leave from her teaching job in Saskatoon. Soon the two fell in love and have been ever since!
Ian & Christina were joined by two helpers; Gabe (2009) and Molly (2011). Ian sold his vegetables at the Moss Street Community Market and to various restaurants around Victoria. Christina taught yoga and stayed home with their babies. Gabe and Molly spent the first years of their life on the beach and in the dirt. Life was blissful, but land tenure was always tricky. Ian ended up managing another family’s farm, Sea Bluff, for a year before Ian and Christina decided to move to Saskatchewan to purchase some land of their own and Christina resumed her teaching career.
This will be Ian, Christina, Gabe & Molly’s Fifth year growing Vegetables in Saskatchewan on the beautiful land we call Northwood Farm. Each year, we grow more into our vision and we are so thankful to our community for helping us along the way. Our story and Northwood Farm continues to evolve.