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Farm Update




Hello flower friends! It's the first blog of the year, and a farm update is due.


As most of you know, the past few seasons of life (and farming) have been very difficult. It's impossible for me to separate seasons of life from farming because they have forever been so interconnected for me. Navigating my mom's health, passing, and absence, have been the hardest challenges I've faced, and if you've experienced deep grief, you know that challenge doesn't go away. Full transparency, I am still very much in the depth of grief, although I consider myself a high functioning griever lol.



A blessing of flower farming is that although some seasons are insanely busy (spring/summer/fall), some are much slower, and this has given me a bit of time to recover, grieve, and prepare. Somehow the world keeps spinning, and life around me continues despite me still feeling a few years behind. With that continuation comes the reality that spring is right around the corner, and although I feel a bit like last season just ended, I'm now looking at the summer season and pondering what that will look like this year.


For at least a dozen seasons, long before my mom's health deteriorated we have contemplated hanging up the hoes and retiring from this crazy thing we call flower farming, but we were never able to go through with it (more on that another time). I can't explain how grateful I am that we didn't... the time spent with my mom doing what we both love will forever be something I cherish. Now, doing this thing solo, I have contemplated what the next steps are for The Garden Path and myself, and to be honest I don't have it all figured out yet. Last season was something I needed to do because it felt right, and this season will continue much like last, but the long term direction I will take is not certain yet.


Seeds have been purchased (although I'm still waiting on a few very slow orders), and plans are in the works. The greenhouse is only a few weeks away from starting up, and then it will be full swing farm season until after the frost.



One thing that is certain is that I cannot continue this thing solo. After doing it all on my own last summer, it's great to know I'm capable, but I really don't want to do that again. I will be doing my best to hire some incredible people in the next coming weeks. The next post will be a bit of a job description, so please check that out once it's posted, and if you are someone interested, or you know someone who might be a good fit, please email me!



It's a goal of mine to bring back the more regular blog posts, so I'll be trying to make that happen this season. If you have idea's for posts on what you'd like to learn please let me know! Thanks for being a part of this small business, and for supporting me! Lots of flowers will be coming your way in the next few months. I've got new ideas in the works, new varieties coming to the garden, and lots of opportunities for you to see the farm in action. It's going to be a beautiful summer!


M



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