Have you ever had a dream so big it almost makes you sick to your stomach?? Welcome to the life of a flower farmer!
These past few months have been a whirlwind of mental planning for the business of my dreams. While motivating, it’s also frustrating. You know where you want to end up yet uncontrollable things just keep delaying moving forward. The weather this summer has been unreal! I can not think of another time when we got so much rain in such a short period of time. While my flowers are delayed in blooming, I still have a lot to be grateful for. We could be dealing with a season of drought or fires. And while I’m thankful for where we’re at, I’m deeply saddened for farmers across the country (and the world!). The importance of local agriculture is becoming more visible and it’s sad to see someone struggle to keep their business and lives afloat. That being said, a girl can still daydream about what could be someday!
Where I live, 2 of the local florists have recently closed. There are 2 florists in the City of Amsterdam, but they have been around for a LONG time. It’s not a niche that is prevalent and I want to change that. We have had a few community gardens be created which fills my heart with so much joy and I feel like it’s time for us to have some modern investments into the city.
BUT!!! I still want to grow ALL.OF.THE.FLOWERS! I want greenhouses and hoop houses and a tropical plant nursery. Seriously, I want to grow all of the things that flower recipients love to receive and that florists like to design with. That kind of investment gives me all the stomach cramps from anxiety and panic (It’s so much work! What if the grants and loans I need get rejected? What if no one even wants flowers?) and all the butterflies of creating something beautiful. Something that I dream about coming to life, it’s amazing if you could see it.
Have a studio space big enough to sell a curated selection of planters and vases and tools and supplies and my photography and flower arrangements, A GIRL CAN DREAM!
I’m a firm believer that if you put something out into the world, you are obligated to make it happen. There’s no point in vocalizing something if you have no intention of making it a reality. Somehow, someway dreams really do come true.