OUR STORY


THE LAND

Root Haven is an urban farm on 1/2 an acre of land in Jordan Station. The land has been in Cherice's family for over a century and was originally farmed by Cherice's great great grandfather (that is two "great"s) who grew vegetables. The land then progressed into an orchard where Cherice's great grandfather grew pears and peaches. Now, after many years, Cherice and Jeremy have the privilege of returning the land back to its farming roots.

While preparing for their wedding, the couple harvested pears from the century old pear trees remaining on the land. Shortly after, they decided to move to the property and start a market garden with the hopes of stewarding the land and furthering Cherice's farming dream. 

To this day, these pear trees are significant as they represent family heritage and the couple's beginnings living and growing on the property. Like these old trees are deeply rooted, Cherice and Jeremy hope to grow deep roots in this place. 

ABOUT CHERICE

Backcountry camping deeply inspired Cherice to care for the earth... that and adventuring through the countryside with friends. Seemingly "out-of-the-blue", she started dreaming about having a farm business.

Cherice studied Organic Agriculture at University of Guelph and received her Bachelors of Science in Agriculture. Throughout her schooling, she worked on a couple of "market gardens". Market gardening was a totally new idea to Cherice but she was totally amazed by it. The idea that you could farm so many different crops on one piece of land while increasing the health of the environment was idyllic. The pairing of Cherice's post-secondary education and experience working in various growing environments vastly expanded her understanding of our food system, the earth, nutrition and plants.

For the last year, Cherice has been working on another farm in Binbrook. She still works part-time off-farm while heading up Root Haven on the Jordan property with the integral support of Jeremy.

ABOUT JEREMY

Jeremy always had an interest in farming, but didn't know he would end up marrying a farmer. Jeremy grew up tinkering in his family's workshop, working on old trucks, and taking care of chickens. He also developed a strong love for the outdoors through family camping trips, leading wilderness trips, hiking and hunting.

Jeremy studied Earth Science at University of Waterloo and worked with a couple of environmental consulting companies throughout his schooling. He received his Bachelors of Science and now works full-time as an environmental scientist while supporting Root Haven Farm.

Jeremy loves learning, adventure, mountain biking and working with his hands. Jeremy is also passionate about regenerative agriculture and livestock. He is excited about the reality that we can not only sustain the earth, but also make it better for future generations. He hopes to be able to farm full time with Cherice some day on lots of land with many animals.

Jeremy's knowledge, innovation, mechanical skill and handiness are an incredible asset for the farm. Root Haven would not be possible without him.