Meet your Farmer Florist
I love sharing how flowers inspire me at our farm and have inspired, delighted, confounded, forgiven, and wowed us through the ages. We just starting to seed our flowers and wake up the farm and we would love to share our blooms with you!
I left the non-profit world and joined the merry farm band in 2007 and have steadfastly grown and carved my niche as resident Farmer Florist and Fruit Forester. I never anticipated my farm focus would embrace so many F-words! Ask me if I set out to be a farmer, I would give you a smile and a blank stare. My mother would tell you I wanted to be a surgeon in New York City. Instead, I've settled on a different sort of health care provider role. I can't deny my agrarian roots and have spent many a childhood hour 'dead-heading the zinnias' watching ants pollinate peony petals, pulling weeds and singing songs about picking potato beetles with my sister. I guess this stuck as I went on to dig miles of holes surveying soils in Alaska, plant thousands of fruit trees and native plants from the NW to the Midwest, direct and manage NGO's, and help teach/collaborate with other women farmers in Wisconsin and throughout the world. I've since settled into a life of growing from my roots and enjoy the beauty, balance, and peak expression I find in working with fresh flowers I have a hand in growing.
Why Flowers on a Vegetable Farm?
Flowers and herbs paint the farm landscape, bringing both beauty and balance while serving a variety of ecological functions on our farm- as food for our honeybees and native pollinator friends, as pest managers and companion plants, to illuminate the landscape with color and beauty, and to provide for a diversity of culinary and medicinal uses on our farm.
A Season in Blooms
October 2016 Flower Viewpoints
September 2016 Flower Viewpoints
August 2016 Flower Viewpoints
July, 2016 Flower Viewpoints
June 2016 Flower Viewpoints
June Flower Field Notes: The Inner/Outer Worlds of Larkspur and it's spurious seasonality, history.
March 2016 Flower Field Notes: The Allure of Alliums, Bees, and Signs of Spring Prosperity
February 2016 Flower Field Notes: Embracing F-words at the start of the 2016 season...
2015 - A Season in Blooms