Yesterday was Blooms and Bouquets, our annual farmer-florist workshop, and our biggest event of the year!
It was a heart-lifting day! 28 participants came from as far as Michigan and Florida to hear Dave Dowling, Mimo Davis, Ellen Frost, and I talk about everything farming and flowers.
Workshop topics included "Selling to Florists," "Crop Planning," "Growing in High Tunnels," "Butterbee Farm Systems," "Making a Bridal Bouquet," and more.
Being around other jazzed flower growers is a much-needed shot in the arm during these hot, muggy summer days. Here are just a few of our wonderful participants:
Honestly, half the reason I put this workshop together each year is to get people's advice on what to do better on my own farm. It's just priceless to look at the farm through so many other eyes, and see with new perspectives.
And, lucky for me, our speakers (above- Ellen, me, Dave, and Mimo) hung out a bunch before and after the class so I got to soak up even more good vibes. If you ever go to St. Louis, check out Mimo's Urban Buds- it's an amazing 1 acre urban flower farm!
I can't express all the gratitude I feel to this year's Blooms and Bouquets participants and speakers through words... it feels like a gazillion high fives bubbling up inside!
I wish you all a boost of confidence!
PS All of these photos are by flower-lover, designer, and photographer Stacy Bauer!