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Farewell Riverglen

Hello all,

I have important news to share with you. After careful consideration, I have decided to leave Riverglen Farm.

Why? A simple (ok, it was a bit complicated and really challenging) cost/benefit analysis consistently showed that the benefits of working and living at Riverglen were simply outweighed by the costs.

I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this chapter in my life. It’s incredible to look back and think of all the people, plants and animals who have come through the farm since I started my humble, bike-powered garden here in 2007. Some came for a quick visit, or made it their home for a while, and some even spent their entire lives here. And yet everyone, big or small, leaves their indelible impression on the land and the faces that inhabit it.

I have notified the NCC that I will be vacating their property by the end of April. They are already planning their marketing campaign and hope to have the farm rented to new tenants for this growing season.

I won’t be taking my equipment with me, so basically everything I have here needs to be sold. It may go piece by piece, but this could also be an interesting ”turn-key” opportunity for a group of keeners who want to buy Riverglen Farm’s assets, customers, distribution system, etc. and farm within city limits. Don’t hesitate to pass the word along and contact me for more information. Just because it is no longer working out for me doesn’t mean it couldn’t work out for someone else. In fact, in the hands of the right individuals, with some kind of capacity for investment, a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, this farm could really thrive and generate a livable income for a small community or family!

As for myself, I am currently applying for positions offered by other sustainable farming enterprises and looking forward to working within a team of keen, competent individuals in a more nurturing, supportive and motivating setting. There are lots of wicked farm businesses popping up and gathering momentum these days, and it’s a great time for an experienced farmer/gardener like me to land a sweet gig and make a decent living.

The truth of the matter is, for the sake of preserving my own sanity and continuing my own personal development, I need to surround myself with less city-folk and more sustainable farmer-folk.

North-Americans represent only 20% of the world’s population and yet manage to consume 80% of its resources. It is painfully clear that the lifestyle of the average, middle-class Canadian is not even remotely close to sustainable, and that our luxurious existence is made possible by exploiting people at home and all around the world, decimating natural resources, and maintaining a constant surplus of just about everything and anything we might ”need”, whether or not it ever gets used or just ends up – like more than half of the food produced for Canadian consumption – as waste.

Riverglen has been an incredible part of my journey. I have learned so much during my time here. Livestock, gardens, predators, wildlife, sales, accounting, construction, problem solving, machine operation, human resources, contingency planning, efficient living, cooking, preserving, making firewood, fixing tools, web design, dealing with dead things, blogging, photography, composting… I love working with my hands. I love planning and making, screwing-up and trying again. Learning. Always learning.

Always, always learning.

I got to be here because of all of you, and you have my sincere gratitude for that. I will never forget the trust and support you have given me over the years, and I hope now you trust me enough to understand that I need to make this move. My soul needs healing, and I need to start earning more than I spend.

Keep growing,


This is a single weblog entry, posted on January 17th, 2017. 10 Comments »

10 responses to “Farewell Riverglen”

  1. Kris Heiss says:

    Hi David,

    I am in the process of starting my own homestead and would be interested to know what you equipment you have for sell and the price.

    Thank you,

  2. All the very best, David. We used to board our Welsh Pony at Riverglen. My children sang in the barn and we had magnificent lantern walks through the fields. I helped to build pens in the main barn and enjoyed chickens raised on the property. I was also chased by a very aggressive rooster who was doing a tremendous job protecting his brood. I loved the long gazes between me and the great horned beef cow from Scotland. All things must come to a close for better seeds to be sown. Good Luck to you and yours.

  3. Ashley whiting says:

    What a remarkable statement here and at the farm. Your heart has always been in the right place and I thank you for trying to make the world a better place for the us and the environment. I still mention to friends and colleagues about the work you have done at Riverglen and an awesome job you have done. You should feel very proud of yourself. A pat on the back indeed Dave!! I hope you find what you are looking for on your next adventures and it provides you with some solitude. See you in the next cycle. Much love Ashley ( from Algonquin)

  4. Greta says:

    Sorry to hear this David

  5. Chris Penny says:

    Good for you Dave. On to the next adventure. You but something really cool. Always learning, onward and upward. 🙂

  6. aric says:

    im glad you are sticking with farming. i hear so many stories of people who i meet. then 3 years later they give up and go back to the city. i understand your reasons. its not easy. take care. i need a garden manager if you know of anyone.

    • david says:

      Thanks Aric,

      I’m shopping around now for a farm position. Do you have a posting or more details up somewhere for your garden manager position?

  7. Anna Kemeny says:

    Dear Dave

    I am so sorry to see you leave. I’ve only been part of the Riverglen family for one season (plus the egg share now) but I got to love the farm, the best vegetables I have ever tasted and the friendly staff including yourself. Every week I looked forward to going to Riverglen and to soak in the farm setting.

    You have to do what you feel is best and I would like to wish you the very best for the future! You did an amazing job building up this farm from nothing and I’m sure you’ll be successful at whatever you set your mind to accomplish.

    Thank you for everything you have done for us, your customers, and for the earth.

    With all my best,

  8. Sarah Willbond says:

    Hello David,
    I would love to hear more about the logistics of the farm operation. As well as cost to rent the home/farm.
    Etc. I’m interested in this possibility. But need to know more of the details. Who do I contact? And would you be willing to discuss with me.?
    Thanks so much!

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