my family is at the heart of everything I do. I am building this farm for us for so many reasons; to be a powerful role model and example for my daughter - that she can do anything she darn well wants to in this world, to provide nourishment and creativity, to heal, to find peace and connection....the list goes on and on. it only took me 35 years to realize what I was meant to do on this planet and I feel lucky that I'm doing it with the help of my loving family.
our farm provides the foundation for our family. it is the root from which we find nourishment, connection, creativity, and truth. we give to pachamama and take from her. we deeply respect and are in awe of her power everyday. her cycles are ours and my farming practices reflect this reverence. I grow organically - utilizing compost and a no till approach, and am studying biodynamics - a method of farming that strives to create a diversified and balanced farm ecosystem. our land takes care of us and we take care of our land.
I would never have called myself an artistic or creative kid. I played sports, worked hard on my grades and hung out at the mall with my friends. my moments of artistry, some on stage, and some with a pen and paper, were brief, but always super fun. it wasn't until I crossed paths with and became friends with, a truly gifted flower farmer/florist that the coarse of my path changed forever.
I will never forget the Friday's spent in the workshop at Stonewall Farm with dear friends Liz, Kelly, and Sarah, making market bouquets. I didn't realize it (or didn't want to admit it at the time) but floral design work inspired me. it opened my heart to the power of vulnerability and it's beautiful connection to life, death, and dirt. by allowing myself to be a creative person, as well as a steward of the land, I am able to experience the fullest spectrum of mental and emotional connection there can be to a time and place. It is hard, dirty, raw, sorrowful, inspirational, beautiful, challenging, ecstatic, painful, exhausting, powerful, spiritual work that I am grateful for everyday.
my design work is inspired by and respectful of pachamama (pachamama is the Incan belief of mother nature). whenever I raise my snips to remove a branch, bloom, or bulb I give thanks. I am appreciative of this gift given to me, that I am now able to give. it is a relationship based on giving, not receiving, and of gratitude, not expectations. this is why I am so committed to using my own flowers or those of my flower farming community in all my design work. when I am absolutely unable to utilize local, I turn to other American farmers with sustainable practices. needless to say, your flowers are thoughtfully sourced and lovingly arranged.
shout out! images of my design work have been beautifully captured by Hannah Metler of Lola Grace Photography, Mishelle Lamarand of Mishelle Lamarand Photography, and Brandy Roels of Lifetime Images by Brandy.
life on the farm in the early spring. the sun shines a bit brighter, the birds are starting to sing, and bed building, seed starting, and other projects start to get underway.
spring is life. it's renewing, energizing, awakening, and giving.
life is a buzz in the summer. although the days are at their longest, there still doesn't seem to be enough day light to get everything accomplished.
the summer pails in comparision to the fall in the amount of work that gets done. we harvest like mad, we clean up the fields, and we find time to store food and celebrate. we make cider, we share meals, and rejoice in friendships.
rest, family and planning time, and dreams of the coming light are all things that winter provides. it is a time for enriching our connections, and strengthening our reserves so that we may do it all again come spring.
after a long Michigan winter there is nothing more vivid, celebrated, and ephemeral than early spring flowers.
rejoice in spring! spring brings the first local harvests - irises, tulips, delphinium, larkspur, and peonies, greenery, and fruit blossoms are much anticipated and truly inspirational.
colors, shapes, textures, sizes - there's no limit to the possibilities in summer.
the long bright days of summer have retreated and the coolness in the air hints to the cold long winter ahead. we celebrate the autumnal colors and lives beautifully lived.
I love working with succulents and other textures in greenery. while blooms may be harder to come by - beauty is not.