A Flower Farmer-Florist
Challenge + Inspiration + Reward
For all southern Indiana has to offer, to me there is nothing that compares to our rich heritage found in life on a farm. So when it came time to transition from the corporate world of accounting into something “new and different”, I began the search on many fronts with one being enrolling in Purdue’s Master Gardener class. Amanda Mosiman and the entire Purdue team of guest instructors provided me a glimpse into the world of horticulture and I have never turned back.
First Time Flower Farmer at 50?
Because flowers bring out the best emotions in all of us! Who can look at a freshly harvested handful of flowers and not smile and sigh just a little. So as someone who truly finds fulfillment in providing one of life’s most basic desires – happiness – the challenge of becoming a flower farmer became a real business proposition for me.
I never knew how challenging and rewarding it would be to be an entrepreneur until I decided to be one! And in the entrepreneurial world, inspiration serves as the cornerstone.
Similar to many, I find inspiration from those I surround myself with as well as those I encounter through community involvement. But I also have another source, and that is inspiration from two pieces of historical significance that have been part of my daily life for the last 20 years.
The originally constructed 1890 Darnell School still stands across from my farm. Amazing is one of many words that come to mind daily as I pass it and wonder what life was like through the years it served our children. Additionally, I am blessed to have a one room log cabin as my floral workshop . Rock solid are its walls after being weathered for these many years.
So when I’m my most challenged and seeking inspiration, all I have to do is turn 360 degrees anywhere on the Farm to see not only these historical treasures but also three families of farmers tending the land around me while looking for ways to balance the needs of the environment with the need to feed the world.
I hope that you will allow me to share a piece of me and my one-acre farm with you this year, even just one bloom will bring with it not just my story but an experience that you can be a part of. Join me, share in the love of flowers!