First Light Farm

Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada

Chris Rubens and Jesse Johnston-Hill always wanted to start a farm; they finally made their dream a reality when COVID-19 began sweeping through Canada last spring.

First Light Farm produces vegetables and specializes in baby mustard greens, tomatoes, basil, and more, depending on the season. Everything is grown using organic methods on the ¼ acre plot donated to them by a generous neighbor. The couple has recently purchased a three-acre farm within the city limits of Revelstoke, and plans to cultivate both pieces of land next summer. First Light Farm grows food with the environment and local community in mind; their market gardening production style seeks to turn undeveloped land into rich and nutritious food sources for their neighbors.

Beyond selling food crops to local restaurants and at farmers’ markets, First Light Farm has also grown $1,000 worth of vegetables through a GoFundMe program for the Revelstoke Community Connections Food Bank. The fundraiser helped support local growers, sustainable agriculture, and those struggling with food insecurity during these uncertain times. Next summer’s goal is $5,000 worth of fresh food for those in need.

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Catherine Sherriffs

Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her three young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.