Kindling & Sage is a magazine + community born on Gadigal Land / Sydney, the dream of Natalia Garcia - Founder + Editor. At the start of 2022, we placed our first order of magazines and these proudly have a home at our Darwin store, for our community to access issues with interviews, articles, short stories and poetry from creatives of colour. Natalia shares more about her dream here...
How would you describe ways that you give back / pay it forward in our community?
Community is at the heart of everything we do. While we aim to be a sustainable business, ensuring our content is accessible is equally important. We provide free digital copies to anyone who can't afford one, no questions asked. We also offer a Pay it Forward product to provide free print magazines where possible. Paying the Rent is integral to our project. Each issue, we've redirected a percentage of our income to First Nations organisations like Wirringa Baiya, Deadly Connections and Seed Mob.
What is your one-of-a-kindness story?
kindling & sage magazine + community was born out of need. We wanted to hear from women that looked like us, reflected our experiences and drew on our knowledge. We wanted to share our rage at being limited and sidelined, not to commiserate but to build a fire that pushes us further. Above all, we wanted to see and hear from others like us and to create a community of solidarity and change. We're here to build a unique space where our strong voices come together to fuel each others' fires and see our stories and experiences represented. Our platform aspires to be a place where we call out, shout out, create sparks and inspire change.
Can you share with us a story of how you care for country?
We minimise wastage throughout all our production, from closely monitoring the number of issues we order/print, to paper selection, packaging and shipping. We connect with the land and community where we work; caring for our communities and being respectful of the land on which we work are integral to our practice.