Homegrown Business: Barb Pearson of Sage and Solace Farm

Sage and Solace Farm is a sustainable flower 20-acre farm, Airbnb and host venue for weddings, classes and workshops. The farm is a testament to Barb and Karl’s commitment to farming sustainably after a family health crisis urged them to sell their home in Vancouver due to a deep desire for self-efficiency. It started with the couple planting trees, then thousands of flowers to follow. They added a kitschy, contemporary farmhouse and two two-bedroom guest retreats adorned with rustic-chic furnishings, ensuring a restful stay.

Nestled on the western edge of the Fraser Valley, the vibrant meadows of flowers nurtured by organic and sustainable gardening practices act as rehabilitation for sick beehives. We sat down with Barb Pearson, Owner and Creative Director of Sage and Solace Farm, to learn more.

Sage and Solace Farm

What is your business called and what does it do?

Our business is Sage and Solace Farm. We are a sustainable farm that grows organic flowers in addition to having a venue to host events, retreats, workshops and classes. We also have two suites that we rent out for farm stays, both are 2 bedrooms with cooking facilities.

What made you want to do this work?

When we moved to this 20-acre property we wanted to heal this piece of earth that we call home as well as ourselves by using regenerative agriculture practices. Soon the gardens became so beautiful that we were frequently asked to host events and we began to focus on that aspect of our business so much so that it has become our primary focus.

Who are your clientele/demographics?

Our client demographic is primarily urbanites with incomes starting at $40K and up, who are looking to escape to a place that aligns with their environmental values as well as those that want to experience the beauty of our gardens.

How does your business make money? How does it work?

Our business makes money by hosting guests in our suites, renting out the farm as a venue, offering our own classes and events, and selling flowers.

Where in the city can we find your profession?

We are located in Langley, British Columbia, about 43km from Vancouver, on a 20-acre parcel of land.

Sage and Solace Farm

What is the best question a prospective customer could ask a member of your profession when comparing services? Give the answer as well.

The best question someone can ask when wanting to host an event is whether their event makes a good fit with the organic farming practices that we follow. We have guidelines for people to review before booking to ensure that is the case.

What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?

The best part of what we do is meeting all the marvellous people that are looking to connect with the earth. The worst part is cleaning toilets!

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram

PAY IT FORWARD: What is another local business that you love?

A prospective business is Early Bird Family Farm.

 

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