A picture taken while harvesting today has brought me back to the reality of what is really important. The weeds are going to get out of control, its inevitable. The bugs are going to eat flower petals because they are delicious, life will go on. We cannot cut every single bloom at its peak because we have to sleep, eat and work our “real” jobs every once in awhile. What really matters is that we are giving it our all and we are proud of our product. We have been overwhelmed with the abundance that our garden has produced this year. For every flower that we have picked and sold, two have probably gone to waste, but we are learning every day. We will learn from our mistakes this year and make new ones next year. Flower farming is not a business that you can perfect, even in a lifetime. There are always new flower varieties and growing techniques to try, there will always be insects and disease to battle, and mother nature will always be bi-polar.
This business has been the most mentally and physically challenging job that we have ever had, but it has also brought us a lot of joy. Walking through the garden and looking at the great abundance that is the result of our hard work is so rewarding. What makes farming even more rewarding is when someone sees our flowers and recognizes their quality, freshness, and worth. The quality and variety of flowers that we grow are not the norm at wholesale locations across the U.S. Our flowers have a long vase life because they are so fresh. Yes, some of our flowers are destroyed by insects and weeds are slowly winning the war but we are proud of it, because we are not bathing our plants in pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides to maximize production and return. We use compost, manure and natural sources of fertilizers to grow healthier plants that battle insects and disease on their own. We pick our weeds the old fashioned way. We want to produce a superior floral product at a good value. We do not supply perfectly uniform roses, carnations and babies breath. However we do supply one of a kind arrangements with unique flowers and materials to every customer. When you see our flowers we want you to know where they came from.
We are so excited to start our next season of flowers! We have plans for many more varieties of flowers. We have ordered hundreds of Ranunculus, Anemone and Icelandic Poppies to plant in our hoop house, that hasn’t been built yet, this fall! We have already started hundreds of seedlings to plant in the next few weeks to (hopefully) winter over and provide blooms in early spring 2016. We are planning and collaborating with other florists to provide flowers for many weddings next year. We are also planning a new branch of our business that we think people are really going to love! We will be making that announcement soon, so keep an eye on this blog for more info later on…
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