Its official... the Flourish Farm is really happening. For those of you who've known me for a long time, you understand just how monumental this moment truly is. For years I have been dreaming of being a farmer, of sharing what I grow. And let's be honest: I am obsessed with flowers. After several months of spending my evenings and weekends writing a business plan, crunching numbers and dreaming (literally) of flowers, I am taking the leap to start my business. This entire endeavor would not be remotely possible without the love, encouragement, business acumen, patience and support of my husband, William. Doing life with this man is an honor and it just gets better with each day. Our families have encouraged, supported and dreamed of this farm alongside us. Plus, Flourish owes its name to my amazingly creative mother. Our dear friends (who are more like family than "just" friends), John Michael and Stacey provided the missing link for this dream to become a reality - they connected me with the land. John Michael's friends at Southeastern Native Nursery have graciously agreed to lease me land for an unbelievable bargain.
My goal is for Flourish to be a farm and a business that uplifts people. Whether its by coming out to the farm to plant a seed, weed or harvest, or by enjoying a vibrant bouquet on your dining room table, I hope Flourish can remind us all of the beauty of the natural world and within ourselves.
The process of launching a business has reminded me of my own creativity and passion, has made me feel energized and reminded me to believe in myself. I believe that my dream and happiness is important, that its worth taking a risk for and that I have what it takes to be successful.
So this year marks the beginning of a new adventure sure to be filled with lots of dirt, sweat and tears. But hopefully, with lots of lovely flowers.
With Gratitude, Niki
People often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I didn’t have it in the beginning. - Mahatma Gandhi
P.S. Farm helpers of all ages are welcome!