Not many would see potential in a barren plot, empty except for a single RV hookup protruding from the earth. But for Katherine Canada, who’s now turned that plot into Reverie Hill Farm, the land was love at first sight.
“We purchased the land just over a year ago with the purpose of moving my parents and I there, but we never intended to have a business,” she said. “Being from a military family, none of us ever had a (permanent) home, so putting down roots was always in the back of my mind. My mom always dreamed of a farmhouse but it was never a reality, and then we found this land and we just knew.”
Named after that daydream, Reverie started small, when Canada tilled a single square of land in the dirt and let her kids, ages 7 and 9, pick out the family’s first crops — cucumbers, corn, spinach, lettuce, cantaloupe, and more, with flowers for the spring and pumpkins for the fall.
“We just planted the seeds and watered the ground and I thought, ‘It won’t grow. I don’t know how to grow.’ But it did! It was kind of amazing.”
As the plants began to pop out of the ground, a business sprung up just as organically.
“I didn’t know what I was doing,” she laughs. “I still don’t. I say it all the time. But I’m just growing flowers and cutting them to sell from my front porch, and right now, my front porch works just fine.”
With little kids running around and her family living together on land of their own, the daydream is working fine, too. Her parents broke ground on a house of their own, using the lone RV hookup on the land in the meantime. As they continue to put down roots as a family, Canada’s own reverie remains the same.
“We have to share this amazing thing with the community; it feels selfish not to.” she says. “Ultimately, I just want to provide a little bit of joy to the community through the things we grow.”